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  • Lady Leafs earn first NIB 12 win

  • The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team went 1-1 in conference action this past week as the girls fell to Ottawa, but nabbed their first NIB 12 win over Streator.
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  • The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team went 1-1 in conference action this past week as the girls fell to Ottawa, but nabbed their first NIB 12 win over Streator.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    After a slow start in their match up with the visiting Bulldogs, the Lady Leafs found their groove on both ends of the court and rolled past Streator, 49-24 Dec. 11.
    Geneseo held on to a narrow, 7-6 lead in the first quarter, but in the second quarter put up 11 points and held Streator to three to give Geneseo the 17-9 advantage at the half.
    “This year, we have been very slow getting out of the blocks and the first half didn’t go as well as we wanted,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “If a couple of more buckets would have fallen, it would have been a different game. We came out much better in the second half with much more intensity which was sparked by Molly’s 17 points and Darci’s energy.
    “I think we just missed shots in the first quarter. We had lots of good looks, but we just have to put the ball in the hoop. We are coming out a little passive in the first quarter, but come out better in the second quarter.”
    The Lady Leafs came out in the third quarter and knocked down 15 points to put the girls ahead of Bulldogs, 33-12. The Geneseo defense again only allowed Ottawa three points in third. Geneseo sealed the victory in the fourth as the girls posted 16 points to Streator’s 12.
    “We came out of the locker room in the second half with a ton of defensive aggressiveness, our press started to work and we held Streator to three points in the third,” said Hardison. “I feel like the balls that fell off the rim in the first half fell in the second half.”
    Pacing the Lady Leaf offense was Molly DeBrock with 17 points, knocking down five shots from the field and going 7-of-8 from the line.
    Darci Dietrich chipped in eight points as she hit four field goals, while Jamie DeFauw and Rori Westerlund each scored four points — DeFauw with two field goals and Westerlund on a field goal and two free throws.
    Anna Wise, Kaylie Piekos, Katelyn Mundt and Audrey Anderson, all scored three points for the Lady Leafs with a field goal and a free throw apiece. Emily Ford and Rachel Ganson finished the night with two points, both on field goals.
    Geneseo vs. Ottawa
    An early lead by the host Lady Pirates kept Ottawa in control of the game as they defeated Geneseo 51-42 in conference action Dec. 7.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ottawa jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter. Both squads scored 11 points in the second quarter and Ottawa took the 26-19 advantage into the half.
    Geneseo came out in the third quarter and outscored Ottawa, 13-10 to close the gap to four, 36-32. The Lady Pirates countered in the fourth as they posted 15 points to the Lady Leafs’ 10 to seal the victory.
    “I feel like we gave them a scare, and it was a two-point game two or three times in the second half,” said Hardison. “We just couldn’t get over that hump. Once we got ourselves in a hole, it was hard to get out of. We did put a full-game together at Ottawa after the first quarter and started doing what we needed to do.”
    DeBrock led the offensive effort with a team-high 13 points as she drained five shots from the field and a three pointer.
    DeFauw added nine points on four field goals and a free throw, while Dietrich scored on two field goals and went 3-for-4 from the line for her seven points.
    Ford finished the night with five points as she knocked down one shot from beyond the arc and two free throws. Wise had three points off a field goal and a free throw.
    Westerlund ended the match up with two points on a field goal, and Piekos scored one point from the line.
    “Really, what we are looking for is improvement everyday in practice and in every game,” said Hardison. “I feel we took a major step at Ottawa in doing that. I think after the initial shock of getting down early we weathered that well and that high intensity did not bother us.”
    The Lady Leafs (3-5 overall and 1-2 in the NIB 12) begin Holiday Tournament action in the Ottawa Tournament at 10:30 a.m. against Kaneland and 4:30 p.m. against Sandwich Dec. 15.
    “We got put in a bracket with Kaneland and Sandwich, and I assume it will be physical,” said Hardison. “We don’t normally play two games in one day so we have to come out with intensity and come out ready to play and match the energy of the other team.”
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