The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team closed out its home schedule this past week with two convincing wins over Streator and Kaneland.
Geneseo vs. Kaneland
It was Geneseo’s defense that won the battle for the Lady Leafs Jan. 28 against Kaneland.
Geneseo’s defense was able to hold another team this season to under 30 points and this time even under 20 with a 32-14 victory.
“It was a really good defensive effort,”?said head coach Scott Hardison. “Kaneland is No. 1 in their regional, but we came out and shut them down. When you hold them to two points in three out of the four quarters you are doing what you need to do.”
Geneseo opened the contest with the 8-2 lead in the first quarter, while in the second quarter both teams posted eight points for a 16-10 score in favor of Geneseo at the half.
The Lady Leafs came up with another eight points in the third quarter and held Kaneland to only two points for the 24-12 advantage.
Geneseo capped off the win with another eight points in the fourth quarter, while the defense again held Kaneland to just two points for the win.
“Our offensive is predicated on our defense,” said Hardison. “It is not so much our point total that worries me, it is forcing the other team to do things they are not comfortable with.”
Kaci Storm and Devan Griffin combined for 20 of the team’s 32 points, each with 10. Storm knocked down 4-of-5 from the free-throw line, along with three field goals for her 10 points, while Griffin drained four shots from the field and two free throws for her 10.
Kelsey Nystrom chipped in seven points as she continued to hit her shots from beyond the arc with two and a free throw, while Kassi Anderson scored three points on a field goal and a free throw, and Olivia Goethals hit two free throws for her two points.
Geneseo vs. Streator
On a night honoring the Lady Leafs’ eight seniors, Geneseo sent them out on a high note with a convincing 57-22 victory over visiting Streator Jan. 26.
Thursday night also saw all eight seniors on the roster get into the scoring column.
“It was nice to get some of those girls (who don’t get a lot of playing time) the opportunity because they work hard in practice,” said Hardison.
Seniors Nystrom, Griffin and Storm paced the squad all in double figures.
Nystrom caught fire from beyond the arc as she drained four from three-point land, along with a field goal and two free throws for her 16 points.
“Early in the year, Kelsey’s shot was not where we would have liked it to be, but she works in practice and has stepped into the outside shooter role,” said Hardison. “We need to have someone who can shoot from the outside because that will then open up the inside more.”
Page 2 of 2 - Griffin chalked up 14 points when she knocked down six shots from the field and two free throws, while Storm went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, along with two field goals for her 10 points.
Senior Anderson added six points off three field goals, followed by senior Goethals and Emily?Ford with three points apiece, both with a field goal and a free throw.
Seniors Alex Radue and Emily Bozzer finished the night with two points off a field goal, while Jacque DeFauw hit a free throw for her lone point.
“We have a great group of kids,” said Hardison. “The girls, who don’t get the playing time they want, I don’t hear any grumbling. These girls are making the team better and making the girls ahead of them better. It is nice to give them the opportunity to be seen by the public. Their attitudes are just wonderful.”
The Lady Leafs (20-4 overall and 6-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road next at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 against Davenport North.