The Lady Leafs earned a signature win against Kaneland and had their season come to a close at the Class 3A Peoria Richwoods Regional.

The Lady Leafs earned a signature win against Kaneland and had their season come to a close at the Class 3A Peoria Richwoods Regional.

Kaneland at Geneseo

A fourth-quarter charge vaulted the Lady Leafs to a victory 47-40 in Geneseo on Feb. 9.

Seeded No. 1 in their sectional, Kaneland held a 29-25 lead to start the fourth quarter.

However, the Lady Leafs’ senior-led team dominated the fourth quarter outscoring Kaneland 22-11.

The Leafs’ Maddie Mackey led the charge in the fourth scoring seven of her 10 points in the final period.

Renee Rumler scored six points for Geneseo in the fourth quarter, and Sydney Himmelman scored four points in the fourth.

Geneseo’s Lynsey Gradert made 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Gradert was perfect from the line in the game (6-of-6), but Geneseo’s team percentage hurt their cause shooting 17-of-31 (55 percent) from the line.

Himmelman finished with a game-high 12 points, and Gradert scored 10 points in the game.

Heather Dietrich’s aggressive defense gave Geneseo an advantage by making Kaneland uncomfortable.

Dietrich finished the game with six points, and Anna McAvoy scored three points.

Dunlap vs. Geneseo

The Lady Leafs went through a different emotion in every quarter.

Fear, despair, joy and heartbreak; the Lady Leafs experienced them all during their 55-50 loss against Dunlap in the 3A Peoria Richwoods Regional semifinal game on Feb. 14.

Plagued by turnovers and tentative play from Dunlap pressure, the Lady Leafs (16-14) were written off by halftime after falling behind 33-14 to Dunlap (15-13).

With Geneseo (No. 5 seeded) coming out swinging, the roles reversed in the second half and Dunlap (No. 3 seeded) was reeling.

The Lady Leafs’ senior led team was in control in the second half, and Geneseo’s backcourt trap created easy baskets that gave them confidence.

“Everyone fought so hard,” Mackey said. “This is how we would want to go out. I’m so proud of everyone.”

After the game had seemingly slipped through their fingers, Geneseo stormed back to take a 40-39 lead on a Rumler layup with 6:34 remaining.

GHS’ Mackey drained a 3-pointer to expand the lead to 43-39 on the next possession.

“We came out super strong,” Mackey said. “I wanted to take it into my own hands. I just wanted to score and my shots were falling. My teammates were getting me the ball and everyone was doing a great job.”

However, Dunlap’s Kai Koehler couldn’t be contained.

After scoring 13 points in the first half, Geneseo held Koehler scoreless in the third quarter and allowed her few opportunities to touch the ball.

Koehler was able to break loose in the fourth quarter hitting a 3-pointer and making a pair of free-throws to retake the lead 44-43.

Koehler added another 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining to give the Eagles a 47-43 advantage.

After battling back from down 19 points, Geneseo was out of gas.

Koehler’s scoring spurt resulted in an 11-0 run, and the Leafs went over five minutes without a basket.

“We had the understanding that we just couldn’t take a possession off,” Geneseo coach Scott Hardison said. “When they have a 20 point lead they can take a possession off, but we couldn’t. They were on their heels the whole second-half. They had to battle and work every second to earn that win.”

Mackey stepped up again swishing a 3-pointer to end the Leafs scoring drought behind 50-46.

A Mackey steal and score closed the gap to 48-50, but Dunlap was able to close out the game at the free-throw line.

Koehler scored a game-high 23 points with 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Geneseo’s Rumler helped lead the comeback charge in the third quarter.

Rumler started a 14-0 Geneseo run by hitting a pair of mid-range jumpers.

The Leafs’ Lindsey Francque had a stellar game scoring six points in the third quarter.

Geneseo won the battle on the boards 35-22 with Himmelman grabbing 11 rebounds.

No. 3 seeded Dunlap will take on No. 1 seeded Peoria Richwoods in the regional championship game on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.