The Geneseo girls’ basketball team had a rough start to the 2012-13 season as the Lady Leafs dropped their season opener, 37-22 Nov. 12 in the first round of the Temple’s Tip-off Classic.
“I think it was frustrating for the girls and myself,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “It is all about positive experiences. We talked about making productive mistakes and, if we make mistakes and learn from them, it will be good for the future.”
Geneseo had a hard time getting the ball in the basket in the opening minutes as the girls only managed to score one point on a free throw from Emily Ford. Orion knocked down eight points to take the 8-1 lead after the first quarter.
“Our inexperience and jitters really showed through,” said Hardison. “We missed some easy shots, but that is going to happen when it is your first time out. We didn’t convert on the good looks we had and we need to take advantage of those and convert the good looks.”
Orion posted 10 more points in the second quarter, while the Lady Leafs continued to struggle offensively, only scoring five points in the second quarter. Geneseo received baskets from Audrey Anderson and Emily Ford and a free throw from Darci Dietrich. The Chargers led 18-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Chargers scored 11 points and held Geneseo scoreless for a 29-6 score in favor of Orion.
“Orion keyed on Jamie DeFauw, packed the middle and dared us to shoot from the outside, which we didn’t,” said Hardison.
The Lady Leafs’ offense finally got going in the fourth quarter as the girls knocked down 16 points with help from a pair of three-pointers from Bailey Conard. Orion was held to only eight points for the 37-22 final.
“Bailey is a defensive player and she and Darci Dietrich’s defense spurred our run in the fourth quarter,” said Hardison. “I think that gave Bailey confidence on the offensive end and when she has time to set up she is a good shooter.”
Conard led the offensive effort for Geneseo with a team-high six points as she drained two shots from beyond the arc.
Ford followed with five points off a field goal and went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line, while Dietrich chipped in four points on four free throws.
Kaylie Piekos, Rachel Ganson and Anderson finished the night with two points apiece — Piekos and Anderson off a field goal and Ganson went 2-for-2 from the line. Molly DeBrock added one point with a free throw.
Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Leafs (0-1 overall) will next host Chicago Raby at 8 p.m. tonight in the squad’s third game of the Temple’s Tip-off Classic in Geneseo.