In the final seconds of action, the Lady Leaf basketball team had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but the shot fell short, giving visiting LaSalle-Peru the 46-44 victory in conference play.
“I think it really has to do with discipline, with where we are at and what we are doing,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “We had confidence enough in Anna (Wise) to run the look for her, but we didn’t quite execute. If you count the amount of layups that we missed, that is where it is at.
“As a coach, you worry about playing on Senior Night because there is a little bit of nerves because everything is different, the lineup and rotation, and it all bottles up. We stopped doing things the way we do them and were not able to overcome that.”
Geneseo opened the game with the 12-8 lead in the first quarter and knocked down 14 points in the second to L-P’s 11 to take the 26-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The Cavaliers came out after the break and posted 18 points and held the Lady leafs to only eight to put L-P in the lead, 37-34 in the third.
In the fourth quarter, Geneseo outscored L-P by one, 10-9, but the Lady Leafs’ final shot came up short to end the game.
“It is not that shot that lost us the game,” said Hardison. “The amount of shots we missed in the game, you can’t put that on one person. We had a sophomore (Anna) on the floor at that time and wanted to go to her, which speaks volumes for what we think of her.”
Leading the Lady Leaf offense was Darci Dietrich, raking in nine points, hitting four shots from the field and a free throw.
Molly DeBrock and Jamie DeFauw combined for 16 of the team’s points with eight apiece, both knocked down three field goals and two free throws.
Rachel Ganson added seven points with three field goals and a free throw; while Anna Wise and Emily Ford finished with six points apiece — Wise hit two field goals and two free throws and Ford scored on three field goals.
“It is still disappointing as a coach coming into a game we thought we could win and not,” said Hardison. “We need to start learning from our mistakes and we are not always doing that. We are still young, but we are not getting over that hump as I thought we would have at this point.
“The one very positive was we came back from down nearly double digits with 3 minutes left to go and almost won the game. We just need to play with that intensity right away.”
Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Leafs (12-14 overall and 4-5 in the NIB 12) will next host DeKalb at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9.
Geneseo begins postseason action at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Dunlap Regional against IVC.