Geneseo lost a tough battle against LaSalle-Peru, but the Lady Leafs rebounded with non-conference wins against Stark County and Alleman.

Geneseo lost a tough battle against LaSalle-Peru, but the Lady Leafs rebounded with non-conference wins against Stark County and Alleman.

LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo

The Northern Illinois Big 12 West Conference season continues to be a carousel with each team taking turns trying to put themselves on top.

The Lady Cavaliers continue to be the thorn in the Lady Leafs’ side.

LaSalle-Peru’s size and rebounding led them to a 51-42 win in Geneseo on Jan. 27.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Leafs couldn’t keep the Lady Cavaliers rebounders off the boards.

Geneseo’s Renee Rumler made a pair of free throws to close the gap to 39-36 with six minutes remaining.

However, the Cavaliers grabbed four offensive boards on their next possession before L-P’s Allison Lehn was fouled on a put-back attempt.

Lehn missed the second shot, but the Cavaliers grabbed another offensive rebound and scored to take a 42-36 lead.

“Offensive rebounding is execution and effort,” Geneseo Coach Scott Hardison said. “You have to box somebody out and then go get the rebound with your hands high, and we didn’t do that. We have to get better at that. The further you go the more those little things show up.”

L-P’s Riley Brovelli scored on an offensive rebound on another missed free throw 2:58 remaining to give the Cavaliers a 47-40 lead.

Madison Freeman led L-P with 17 points and 15 rebounds, Brovelli tallied 10 rebounds and Lehn finished with 12 rebounds.

Maddie Mackey was a force on both ends of the floor grabbing three offensive rebounds for Geneseo in the second half and being aggressive getting to the hoop in the first half.

Mackey finished with a team-high 15 points, and Lynsey Gradert finished with 11 points.

Geneseo started the game in the driver’s seat leading 13-11 after the first quarter.

With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, LaSalle-Peru had already committed 10 fouls and was sending Geneseo to the free-throw line.

However, the Leafs were unable to capitalize on the Cavaliers’ foul trouble and fell behind L-P 26-22 by halftime.

“I thought we were very aggressive to start the game,” Hardison said. “It got them into foul trouble, and then I thought we took a step back and I don’t know why.”

Geneseo’s Rumler finished with seven points all from the free-throw line, and Heather Dietrich finished with four points.

GHS’ Dietrich used her speed, energy and aggressiveness on defense to give the Leafs a player who’s able to stop the ball in transition and challenge passing lanes.

“We’ve told her you can gamble more because you can recover quicker,” Hardison said. “It’s a reason why she’s getting the playing time that she is. She’s using her speed to make the team better.”

GHS’ Sydney Himmelman scored three points, and Morgan May finished with two points.

Stark County at Geneseo

The Lady Leafs’ defense smothered the Lady Rebels’ offense, and Geneseo earned a 51-36 victory on Jan. 28.

The Leafs got to the free-throw line in the first quarter and made 7-of-8 to take a 13-6 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

Geneseo led 24-10 at halftime, and closed out the game making 5-of-6 from the line in the fourth.

Mackey led the Geneseo offense in scoring with 18 points, and Gradert finished with 11 points.

Rumler scored eight points, and Anna McAvoy tacked on five points off the bench.

Dietrich, Paige VandeWiele, Sydney Himmelman and Abby Krohn each finished with two points for Geneseo.

The Leafs’ Kendra Snider made 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

Geneseo at Alleman

The Lady Leafs’ Himmelman guided the Geneseo to a victory with a big offensive performance in the second half.

Geneseo knocked off the Pioneers 50-36 at Don Morris Gymnasium on Jan. 31, and Himmelman scored a game-high 14 points.

With the Leafs leading 21-19 at halftime, Geneseo came out of the break firing outscoring Alleman 16-4 in the third quarter.

Himmelman scored eight points in the third, and Gradert scored four points in the third quarter.

Grader finished with 10 points and made a pair of 3-pointers.

Geneseo’s Rumler scored nine points, and Dietrich finished with eight points.

McAvoy had another good game off the bench scoring seven points, and Lindsey Francque finished with two points.