The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team got the season started off on the right foot as the Lady Leafs went undefeated in the Temple’s Tip-off Classic to claim the tournament title.


The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team got the season started off on the right foot as the Lady Leafs went undefeated in the Temple’s Tip-off Classic to claim the tournament title.

Geneseo vs. Annawan

The Geneseo girls’ basketball captured the Temple’s Tip-off Classic title with a 41-34 win over Annawan on the final day of competition Nov. 20.

“Overall, it is always good to get four games in the first week so we are not beating up on each other and so we can find out more about our team,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “And I think we accomplished those things.”

The Lady Leafs opened up scoring with a 12-5 lead over the Bravettes in the first quarter. Geneseo put up another 13 points in the second quarter and held Annawan to nine for a 25-14 advantage at the half.

In the third quarter, both squads were held to single digits, each team scoring six points. Geneseo took the 31-20 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bravettes outshot Geneseo 14-10 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap as the Lady Leafs came away with the 7-point victory.

“With Annawan’s size they presented an enormous challenge defensively, but I thought we did a good job challenging their shooters,” said Brucher.

Devan?Griffin led the Lady Leaf squad with 11 points hitting four field goals and going 3-for-6 from the line.

Allison Wiese added nine points as she drained one shot from beyond the arc, a field goal and four free throws.

Keatyn?DeGrave and Kassi Anderson combined 12 points each with six points as both knocked down three from the field.

Kaci Storm finished the night with four points on two field goals, followed by Kelsey Nystrom with three on a three pointer and Natalie Witter, two points on one field goal.

Storm, Griffin and Wiese were named to the All-Tournament team and Wiese was named captain.

Geneseo vs. Erie

An attack from beyond the arc with six three pointers Nov. 18 helped the Lady Leafs continue their dominance in the Temple’s Tip-off Classic with a 70-20 win over Erie.

“I thought we took a good step in the right direction defensively against Erie,” said Brucher.

Geneseo jumped out to a 16-4 lead on the Cardinals in the first quarter and followed that up with a 25-point second quarter, while Erie scored 10 points. The Lady Leafs took the 41-14 lead into the half.

The Lady Leaf offense continued to hit their shots, scoring 17 points in the third quarter, while the defense held Erie to only four points. Geneseo led 58-18 going into the fourth quarter.

In the final minutes of the contest, Geneseo scored another 12 points, while Erie was limited to two.

Leading the way for Geneseo was Wiese with 16 points, draining three shots from beyond the arc, three field goals and one free throw.

Storm also posted double digits Thursday night with 13 points as she knocked down five shots from the field and went 3-for-3 from the line.

Witter and Griffin combined another 16 Lady Leafs points, each with eight. Witter sank two three pointers and one field goal, while Griffin hit two field goals and four free throws.

DeGrave and Anderson each scored six points for the night — DeGrave with one field goal and four free throws and Anderson with two field goals and two free throws.

Others contributing to the win were Olivia Goethals with five points on a three pointer and a field goal, Nystrom added four points on two field goals, Rachel Ganson with three points on a field goal and a free throw and Jamie DeFauw with a free throw for her lone point.

Geneseo vs. Orion

With another balanced scoring night by the Lady Leafs Nov. 17, the Geneseo girls’ basketball team surged past Orion, 65-31 in the Temple’s Tip-off Classic.

“I thought we did a nice job offensively against Orion and we were a little more crisp,” said Brucher.

Geneseo opened the game by knocking down 20 points, while limiting Orion to only eight. The Lady Leafs posted another 20 points in the second quarter, while Orion scored 11 for a 40-19 score at halftime in favor of Geneseo.

The Lady Leafs came out in the third quarter and hit 11 points, while their tight defense managed to hold Orion scoreless to put Geneseo up 51-19.

In the fourth quarter, Geneseo scored another 14 points, while Orion finished with 12 for the 65-31 final.

DeGrave paced the Lady Leafs squad with 11 points, knocking down one shot from beyond the arc, two field goals and 4-of-5 from the line.

Wiese and Alex Radue each added nine points — Wiese with two field goals and five free throws and Radue hit one three pointer and three field goals.

Anderson and Griffin both finished with eight points with three field goals and two free throws apiece, while Nystrom scored seven points on a three pointer and went 4-for-4 from the foul line.

DeFauw and Taylor Wise ended the night with four points apiece — DeFauw with two field goals and Wise scored one field goal and two free throws.

Witter went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line for her three points of the night, while Storm went 2-for-2 from the line for her two points.

“What was really nice about the tournament was each night we had a different high scorer,”?said Brucher. “Against Orion, Kassi and Kelsey did a nice job and had good energy off the bench on offense and defense. Against Erie, Allison was hot early and set the tone and Keatyn also had a nice all-around game. Against Annawan, Devan really came to play. She was aggressive on both ends of the floor and really played well.”

The Lady Leafs (4-0 overall) will hit the road next for a 7 p.m. Nov. 30 match up with Rochelle.