The Geneseo varsity girls’ basketball team suffered two losses at home this past week to Ottawa and Rock Island.
Geneseo vs. Rock Island
After carrying the lead into the half, the Lady Leafs couldn’t hold off the visiting Rocks in the second half as Rock Island grabbed the 70-54 win in Geneseo Dec. 17.
“We played so well in the first half and executed our game plan to a ‘T’ in the first half,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “In the second half, we forgot everything that made us successful. When we went away from what we knew would work, Rock Island ran away with the game.”
Geneseo took the 17-15 lead in the first quarter and held Rock Island scoreless through much of the second quarter as the Lady Leafs went into the half up 35-21. Geneseo outscored Rock Island, 18-6 in the second quarter.
“We took Rock Island out of what they wanted to do,” said Hardison. “We wanted the girls to show composure, box out and come to the pass and they did that in the first half unbelievably well. I couldn’t have been more pleased with two quarters of basketball, but we have to play four quarters to win a basketball game.”
Rock Island rallied in the third quarter as the Rocks put up 18 points and held Geneseo to eight to cut the Lady Leafs’ lead to 43-39. The Rocks pulled ahead and put the game away in the fourth quarter as they knocked down 31 points to Geneseo’s 11.
Molly DeBrock, Anna Wise and Audrey Anderson led the offensive effort for Geneseo, all in double figures. DeBrock posted 16 points with five field goals and six free throws; Wise drained 10-of-13 from the line and a field goal for her 12; and Anderson hit five shots from the field for her 10 points.
“Anna played really well, was aggressive and can be that consistent scorer,” said Hardison. “Audrey has been giving us good minutes off the bench. We need to establish our bench. We are developing and our record is not indicative of the improvements we have made.”
Jamie DeFauw chipped in nine points on four field goals and a free throw; while Darci Dietrich sank four free throws for her four points. Kaylie Piekos added two points on a field goal, and Tarah Fisher scored one point on a free throw.
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
The Lady Leafs and Lady Pirates were locked in a tight battle Dec. 13 in Geneseo which was decided by two points as Ottawa emerged with the victory, 38-36.
Page 2 of 2 - “It really came down to free throws,” said Hardison. “We were 9-of-23 from the line. We have to increase our percentage at the line.”
To start the game, both squads scored nine points in the first quarter to end the quarter in a 9-9 tie. Geneseo grabbed the lead at the half, 22-16 after the Lady Leafs outscored the Lady Pirates, 13-7.
After the break, Ottawa posted 10 points to Geneseo’s six, but the Lady Leafs were able to cling to a 28-26 advantage in the third quarter. The Lady Pirates claimed the win in the fourth quarter when they outshot the Lady Leafs, 12-8 in the final minutes.
DeBrock led the way for Geneseo with nine points as she knocked down a shot from beyond the arc, two field goals and two free throws.
Wise, Dietrich and DeFauw added seven points apiece to the effort — Wise and DeFauw both hit three shots from the field and a free throw, and Dietrich went 5-for-9 from the line and one field goal. Piekos finished the game with six points off three field goals.
“I really think our conference this year is very even with Sterling, Dixon, Ottawa and ourselves,” said Hardison. “It is just a matter of which team wins. We lost to Sterling in double overtime by two and Ottawa by two. If we would have hit more free throws it would have been a different ball game.”
The Lady Leafs (3-6 overall and 0-2 in the NIB 12) will be in action Dec. 20, 21 and Dec. 23 in the Ottawa Holiday Tournament. Geneseo opens play at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Yorkville.