The Lady Leafs girls' basketball team finished fourth in the consolation bracket at the State Farm Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Leafs girls’ basketball team finished fourth in the consolation bracket at the State Farm Holiday Tournament.
Geneseo vs. Normal West
The Lady Leafs got back on track defeating Normal West 60-56 in the first round of the consolation bracket on Dec. 28.
Geneseo had knocked off some of the rust they seemed to have in their opening round loss against Wheaton Warrenville South.
“We didn’t really get off the bus in our first game,” Geneseo Coach Scott Hardison said. “We played sluggish the whole game. I think it’s the two-week break and the drive down here, but we didn’t compete.
“We came and competed from the first bell against (Normal West) which was nice.”
With the Leafs leading 30-25 at halftime, Geneseo built a double-digit lead to start the fourth quarter.
Geneseo’s free throw shooting could have iced the game, however, some inconsistencies allowed Normal West to sneak back into the game.
The Leafs relied on senior guard Renee Rumler to guide them to the finish line.
Rumler finished with a game-high 21 points and made 10-of-14 from the line.
“She really stepped up,” Hardison said. “She really showed a lot of senior leadership.”
The Lady Leafs’ Maddie Mackey scored 13 points and showed her range by making three 3-pointers.
GHS’ Lindsey Francque scored eight points, and Heather Dietrich finished with six points off the bench.
Geneseo’s Lynsey Gradert, Jane Thomas and Sydney Himmelman each finished with four points.
Geneseo vs. St. Ignatius
Poor free throw shooting denied the Lady Leafs a chance at playing in the consolation championship game at Bloomington Central Catholic High School on Dec. 29.
St. Ignatius defeated Geneseo 52-43, and the Leafs finished the game 15-of-27 from the line (55 percent).
With the game tied at 23 at halftime, Geneseo made a run to start the fourth quarter, but St. Ignatius was able to pull away in the final minutes.
The Leafs’ Anna McAvoy scored 13 points to lead the team, and Gradert finished with 11 points.
Rumler scored eight points, and Mackey added four points.
GHS’ Dietrich and Paige VandeWiele tacked on three points each, and Allison Yager made 1-of-2 from the line.
Geneseo vs. Chatham Glenwood
The Lady Leafs’ offense never came to life against the Titans in the consolation third-place game on Dec. 29.
Chatham Glenwood took charge from the opening tip defeating Geneseo 53-26.
The Titans led 21-5 at the end of the first quarter and cruised into halftime leading 39-12.
McAvoy continued to play well leading the team with 10 points.
Rumler finished with four points, and Dietrich scored three points.
Geneseo’s Gradert, Morgan May and Francque each scored two points. Mackey, Yager and VandeWiele each tallied a point for the Leafs.
Despite a tough finish, Hardison knows the tournament will help make Geneseo more battle tested for the remainder of the season.
“The competition here is second to none,” Hardison said. “It really gives us a test in the middle of the season to get ready for the bulk of our conference season and the postseason.”
Geneseo’s next game will be at the Iowa/Illinois Shootout against Assumption on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Augustana’s Carver Center, in Rock Island, at 3:15 p.m.