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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Lady Leafs falter at home and on the road

  • The Geneseo varsity girls' basketball team had a tough week on the basketball court as the girls fell in conference and non-conference match ups.
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  • The Geneseo varsity girls' basketball team had a tough week on the basketball court as the girls fell in conference and non-conference match ups.
    Geneseo vs. UT
    In non-conference action Dec. 1, Geneseo suffered a 40-21 loss to UT on the road.
    "It was an extremely physical game, and we had three girls bloodied, none of which had a foul called on," said head coach Scott Hardison. "We backed down from the physicality and when going up against those big schools we have to step up to the plate."
    At the end of the first quarter, Geneseo trailed 8-6, but an 11-point second quarter by the Panthers put UT up 19-9 at the half after Geneseo was held to only three points.
    "Their press didn't bother us and we didn't have a whole lot of turnovers, we just didn't score," said Hardison. "It is nerves and not finishing our shots. That is something we need to work on,which is hard to simulate."
    After the break, UT extended its lead to 28-17 after scoring nine points to Geneseo's eight. UT closed out the contest with 12 points in the fourth quarter and held Geneseo to only four.
    Leading the Lady Leaf offense was Jamie DeFauw posting 10 points, hitting four shots from the field and two free throws.
    Molly DeBrock chipped in five points off two field goals and a free throw, while Emily Ford, Audrey Anderson and Rachel Ganson all finished with two points, each with a field goal.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    With only five players putting just single digits on the board, the Lady Leafs were defeated in conference action by visiting Sterling, 38-27 Nov. 30.
    "Our scoring is an issue, we have to address that first and have to start putting the ball in the hoop," said Hardison. "I am not overly upset where we are at and, defensively, we are doing what we want to do which is holding teams to under 40 points.
    DeBrock led the team with eight points as she hit three field goals and two free throws, followed by Anna Wise with seven on a shot from beyond the arc and two field goals.
    Darci Dietrich added six points with three field goals, while Anderson had four points on two field goals and Ford finished with two points on a field goal.
    "I have been very pleased with Darci's play in the past five or six games," said Hardison. "Anna Wise has played herself into some playing time, and I am pleased with her progress."
    Sterling got out to an early start in the first quarter, posting 13 points and holding Geneseo to four for a 13-4 lead. The Golden Warriors scored another 10 points and held the Lady Leafs to only four in the second for a 23-8 score at the half.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Leafs put eight points on the board, while the Golden Warriors only scored seven in the third quarter to give Sterling the 30-16 advantage. Geneseo outscored Sterling, 11-8 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to catch the Golden Warriors.
    "I think we got caught with nerves in our first varsity conference game," said Hardison. "We talked (at the end of the game) about the positives in the second half which were our effort, execution and composure. We did much better, but had dug ourselves too much of a hole in the first half. The effort was phenomenal in the second half, but we are still learning the Xs and Os."
    The Lady Leafs (2-4 overall and 0-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road tonight against Ottawa at 6 p.m.

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