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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Rocks defeat Lady Leafs

  • The Geneseo girls’ basketball team went 2-1 this past week as the girls nabbed two holiday tournament wins, but fell in non-conference action to Rock Island.
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  • The Geneseo girls’ basketball team went 2-1 this past week as the girls nabbed two holiday tournament wins, but fell in non-conference action to Rock Island.
    Geneseo vs. Rock Island
    The Lady Leafs ran into a tough Rock Island squad on the road Dec. 18 as the Rocks defeated Geneseo, 62-36.
    “This probably is the best Rock Island team I have seen in years,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “We were frazzled by their press, but settled down in the second half, won the third quarter and started to figure out how to handle it.
    “Three of our next four teams are state ranked so it is a tough stretch for us, but it will prepare us for conference. This is good for us.”
    Rock Island jumped out ahead 13-3 in the first quarter and extended its lead to 33-14 at the half. The Rocks posted 20 points in the second quarter, while Geneseo scored 11.
    The Lady Leafs came out in the third quarter and outscored the Rocks, 11-7 for a 40-25 score, but in the fourth quarter Rock Island put up 22 more points and held Geneseo to 11 for the win.
    “(The positives) we can take away is that we can handle anybody’s press and the confidence that we can compete with really good teams,” said Hardison. “We have figured out how to play basketball. I am proud that we competed. That is what we are trying to get out of the girls — competing for 32 minutes and I think we did that.”
    Darci Dietrich led the Geneseo offense with 11 points as she knocked down 5-of-6 from the line and three field goals.
    Molly DeBrock added seven points off a field goal and five free throws, while Jamie DeFauw knocked down three shots from the field for her six points.
    Anna Wise and Kaylie Piekos both finished with four points, each with a field goal and two free throws, followed by Rori Westerlund with two points on a field goal, and Emily Ford and Rachel Ganson each hit a free throw for their lone points of the game.
    Geneseo vs. Sandwich
    Being led by Wise and Ford in double figures, Geneseo notched a 62-30 victory over Sandwich in the Ottawa Holiday Tournament Dec. 15.
    Geneseo caught fire in the first quarter as the squad put up 16 points and held Sandwich to five. The girls posted another 24 points in the second quarter, while Sandwich scored nine to take the 40-14 advantage into the half.
    “I think we are really starting to play and figure out what we want to do,” said Hardison. “We are so inexperienced, and we are starting to get the system in. The girls are really starting to step on the gas.”
    Page 2 of 3 - The Lady Leafs continued their offensive threat in the third quarter with 14 points to Sandwich’s nine for the 54-23 lead. Geneseo capped off the game with eight points in the fourth to Sandwich’s seven.
    Wise led the way with 13 points as she knocked down five shots from the field and three free throws, while Ford added 10 as she hit two field goals, a shot from beyond the arc and three free throws.
    DeFauw put up eight points off four field goals, followed by Dietrich and DeBrock with seven apiece — Dietrich on three field goals and a free throw and DeBrock, a three pointer and two field goals.
    Piekos added six points on two field goals and two free throws, while Westerlund had four points on two field goals.
    Bailey Conard went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line for her three points, while Audrey Anderson and Ganson each scored two points on one field goal each.
    Geneseo vs. Kaneland
    The Lady Leafs opened holiday tournament action with a win, 37-33 over Kaneland in the first game of the Ottawa Holiday Tournament Dec. 15.
    Geneseo grabbed the early 11-6 lead in the first quarter, but Kaneland managed to come back and tie it at the half, 15-15. Kaneland scored nine in the second quarter and held Geneseo to four.
    “Kaneland is a good team, and we had them flustered,” said Hardison. “They only had one loss and that was to DeKalb, who is state ranked. We came out and imposed our will. Kaneland was a very physical team, but we were very composed and handled their press. We were really in control of the game.”
    The Lady Leafs rebounded in the third quarter to regain control of the lead, 25-20 as they scored 10 points. Geneseo held on for the victory in the fourth quarter as the team scored 12 points, while Kaneland finished with 13.
    “Emily Ford hit a big three pointer with 2 minutes to go to propel us into the win,” said Hardison. “Our half-court defense and some full-court press is what won us the game.”
    Six Lady Leafs posted points for the squad with Ford and Dietrich leading the team with nine apiece — Ford drained three shots from beyond the arc and Dietrich hit two field goals and five free throws.
    DeBrock chipped in seven points on two shots from the field and three free throws, while Wise and DeFauw each scored five points — Wise hit a field goal and went 3-for-4 from the line and DeFauw scored on two field goals and a free throw. Ganson finished the game with two on a field goal.
    The Lady Leafs (5-6 overall and 1-2 in the NIB 12) will be in action next at the Ottawa Holiday Tournament at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 against Joliet Catholic.
    Page 3 of 3 - “Joliet Catholic is our next state-ranked opponent and is very similar to Rock Island,” said Hardison. “We will be ready for their speed and ready to go.
    “We want to focus on continuing to put in a our press system. We also want to work on our half-court defense and a ton of shooting. We still have to put the ball in the hoop.”

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