The Geneseo varsity girls' basketball team went 2-1 this past week as the girls nabbed wins over Morris and Ridgewood, but lost to Sterling.
Geneseo vs. Sterling
Geneseo traveled to Sterling Jan. 15 as the girls looked to split with the Golden Warriors in conference action, but Sterling had other plans as the Golden Warriors emerged with a 48-29 victory.
"We came out a little tighter than I expected," said head coach Scott Hardison. "We missed our opening shots, and Sterling put the pressure on and we didn't make the shots. I don't think we were tentative because we took plenty of shots. We just didn't make them. Sterling pressed us and made us go faster than we wanted."
Sterling jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, and knocked down 20 points in the second quarter to take the 32-13 advantage at the half. Geneseo was held to five points in the second quarter.
Geneseo came out after the break and hit 10 points to Sterling's eight for a 40-23 Warrior lead. Sterling capped off the win with eight points in the fourth to Geneseo's six.
"It was an off night, but we did battle to the end," said Hardison. "We started making shots in the fourth quarter, but we need to make sure we do that in the first three quarters. We came out ready to go, but we were, maybe, just too tense. They were not able to relax and react. We were maybe just over-ready."
Molly DeBrock led the offensive effort for Geneseo with 12 points as she drained four shots from the field, a triple and a free throw.
Anna Wise added six points with two field goals and two free throws; followed by Jamie DeFauw with four points on two field goals.
Emily Ford knocked down a shot from beyond the arc for her three points; while Bailey Conard and Rachel Ganson each scored two points, both with a field goal.
Geneseo vs. Morris
The Geneseo girls were on the road over the weekend as they notched a 40-27 win over host Morris Jan. 12.
"We did pretty well (against Morris)," said Hardison. "Morris had a couple good players, packed in a 2-3 zone, took the lane away and were aggressive up top. We handled it, pounded it into Jamie in the third quarter and made good adjustments."
Geneseo grabbed the early 9-4 lead in the first quarter and held on to a three-point lead, 19-16 at the half. Morris scored nine points to Geneseo's seven in the second quarter.
The Lady Leafs began to pull away in the third quarter as they outscored Morris, 13-7 for a 29-20 lead. Geneseo sealed the victory in the fourth quarter with 11 points and held Morris to seven.
Page 2 of 2 - Leading the way for Geneseo was Darci Dietrich with 10 points, knocking down four shots from the field and two free throws.
DeFauw added eight points off four field goals, while Ford scored seven with three field goals and one free throw.
DeBrock finished the game with six points as she hit a triple, a field goal and a free throw, followed by Wise with five points as she went 3-for-4 from the line and one field goal. Kaylie Piekos drained a shot from beyond the arc and a free throw for her four points for the game.
Geneseo vs. Ridgewood
In non-conference action Jan. 10, the Lady Leafs defeated host Ridgewood by a score of 48-34.
"It was just really good to come out and play our game," said Hardison. "We got everyone on the team playing time in both halves. It was nice to get everyone in and show what they can do. A game like that is nice to see where we are at for the future.
"Kaylie Piekos really stepped up and had a nice game, which carried over to the Morris game. Molly DeBrock coming away with 21 points is hard to do in a varsity game, but she does everything right."
The game opened up tied 10-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Geneseo gained control of the lead at the half, 30-15 after the Lady Leafs put up 20 points and held Ridgewood to five.
After the break, the Lady Leafs scored another 12 points to Ridgewood's seven for a 42-22 Geneseo advantage. In the fourth quarter, Ridgewood outscored Geneseo, 12-6, but it wasn't enough to steal the victory.
DeBrock paced the Lady Leafs with a game-high 21 points as she knocked down eight shots from the field and went 5-for-6 from the line.
Dietrich and DeFauw each added six points with two field goals and two free throws from Dietrich, and three field goals from DeFauw.
Wise and Ford combined for eight more Geneseo points with four apiece, both hit two field goals; while Rori Westerlund, Audrey Anderson and Ganson scored two points, all with a field goal, and Conard went 1-for-2 from the line for her lone point of the game.
The Lady Leafs (11-10 overall and 3-2 in the NIB 12) will host Ottawa tonight at 7:30 p.m.
"Ottawa is big, long, athletic and well coached. They are not going to do anything to surprise us. It is just a matter of us being where we need to be on defense," said Hardison. "We have to make sure we identify their shooter, contain the rebounds and really control the glass and the tempo. If we can keep our tempo up, we will be in good shape."