The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team went 1-1 this past week with a win over LaSalle-Peru, but a loss at home to Rock Island.
Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
Back in conference action?Jan. 23, the Geneseo varsity girls’ basketball team dominated visiting LaSalle-Peru, 55-39.
“I was pretty proud how we bounced back, but we did need a wake-up call at halftime,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “They have to understand when a team has one stud player, we need to be able to shut her down. We challenged the girls to come out and play our defense, and we shut them down in the third quarter.”
Geneseo jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, but L-P battled back to cut the Lady Leafs lead to four at the half, 26-22. The Cavaliers posted 14 points in the second quarter to Geneseo’s 11.
In the third quarter, Geneseo’s defensive pressure stifled the L-P offense and held the Cavaliers scoreless. The Lady Leafs extended their lead to 36-22 after the squad put up 10 points.
“It is just a true credit to the girls that they have bought into our man-to-man defense,”?said Hardison. “Because when we do that well we are pretty darn good.”
Geneseo capped off the win in the fourth quarter as the team put 19 points on the board, while L-P scored 17.
Eleven Lady Leafs got in on the scoring Monday night with Devan Griffin leading the team, posting 15 points on six field goals and three free throws.
Kaci Storm and Kassi Anderson combined for 16 points with eight apiece — Storm knocked down three field goals and two free throws and Anderson hit four shots from the field.
Kelsey Nystrom added seven points with a three pointer and two field goals, followed by Alex Radue and Jacque DeFauw with four points apiece — Radue scored on two field goals and DeFauw went 2-for-2 from the line, along with a field goal.
Emily?Ford finished the contest with three points as she drained a shot from beyond the arc, while Emily Bozzer, Olivia Goethals, Molly DeBrock and Katelyn Mundt, all contributed two points with one field goal apiece.
“Offensively, we are getting there, and the more balanced we can be, the better we will be,” said Hardison. “We are a lot harder to guard if we have more who can score. I?like our scorebook to look like it did last night.”
Geneseo vs. Rock?Island
With 1.4 seconds left on the clock, Geneseo had a chance to win, but were unsuccessful as the Lady Leafs dropped a tight game with Rock Island, 31-30 Jan. 21 in Geneseo.
“That was a regional preview,”?said Hardison. “We are going to see them again and if you look at the rankings last week, we have three of the Top 13 teams in the state in our regional. We are going to have to play well and physical and play through adversity.
“We got our eyes opened to what it will be like when February rolls around.”
The Lady Leafs and Lady Rocks were locked in a tight defensive battle to start the contest as both teams were held scoreless through the first 4 minutes of action. Geneseo managed to gain the edge by one over Rock Island in the first quarter, 6-5 and extended its lead to 16-13 at the half. The Lady Leafs scored 10 points in the second quarter to Rock Island’s eight.
Rock Island took command of the lead in the third quarter, 26-21 after the Lady Rocks outshot the Lady Leafs, 13-5.
Geneseo fought its way back in the fourth quarter and trailed 31-28 with 23.8 left.
With the Lady Leafs down 31-28, Ford made her first of two free throws before intentionally missing the second, but the shot missed the iron to give Rock Island the ball out of bounds.
The Lady Rocks attempted to inbound the ball and were forced to throw the ball deep where Anderson intercepted the ball at midcourt.
With only 1.4 left on the clock, Anderson attempted the three-pointer, was fouled and was sent to the line with a chance to tie or win the game.
Anderson missed the first shot, drained the second shot to pull Geneseo within one, but was unable to convert on the third to tie to give Rock Island the one-point victory.
“We knew when Emily got fouled, if she made the first one we had an opportunity, but we couldn’t let Rock Island inbound the ball so we had her miss the second one,” said Hardison. “We didn’t execute the missed free throw, so we put four girls in the front court on the inbounds, and Kassi made a nice read and went up for the shot.
“It would have been nice to make those three free throws, but it is not the end of the world. I told the girls it is not two free throws at the end of the game that wins or loses a game. Two points in the first quarter count the same as in the end of the game. We win as a team and lose as a team. A game is not won in the last 1.4 seconds.”
Nystrom led the offensive effort for Geneseo with 13 points as she drained three shots from beyond the arc, a field goal and two free throws.
Griffin added eight points with two field goals and went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.
Ford finished the day with six points on a shot from the field, a three pointer and a free throw, while Anderson scored three points on a field goal and a free throw.
The Lady Leafs (18-4 overall and 5-1 in the NIB 12) will next host Kaneland at 1 p.m. Jan. 28. The team’s match at Ottawa from Jan. 20 has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8.