Once the Lady Leafs got it going, there was no slowing them down.

Once the Lady Leafs got it going, there was no slowing them down.

The Geneseo girls’ basketball team played fast and furious on its way to a 59-42 victory over St. Bede, going on a 19-2 run in the second quarter.

While still hitting a few rough patches during stretches, the Lady Leafs’ potential showed by maintaining a 20-point lead most of the game in the opening round of the Geneseo Thanksgiving Tournament, on Nov. 13.

“I think we are buying into the system that we want to run,” Geneseo Coach Scott Hardison said. “We want to get up and down, and the girls have a goal to get to 60 (points) every game.

They are kicking themselves because they only got to 59. That’s a good problem to have.”

All 10 Geneseo players scored in the game, and Josie Brown led the team with 13 points.

“I told them you don’t have to worry about being a bench player this year,” Hardison said. “We are going to play 10 and when Tori (Verbeck) comes back we will play 11. We just have kids that want to play, want to go hard, work hard for each other and are skilled enough to get on the floor.”

The uptempo offense gave St. Bede problems in transition with three Lady Leafs’ players back running the floor ahead of defenders off every missed basket.

With a high energy level necessary on offense and defense, Geneseo’s bench players had plenty of chances to get into the game and prove themselves.

The Leafs’ Kaitlyn Webster was the spark plug the team needed scoring 11 points by running the floor and being physical in the post.

Webster’s play kept earning her more floor time off the bench, scoring six points during Geneseo’s 19-2 run.

Hardison believes it will benefit the Lady Leafs to not depend on one player but use whoever has the hot hand.

“That’s what we want every night,” Hardison said. “We want consistency out of everybody and to have someone step forward.”

The junior group had dominated at the sophomore level last season and continued to look confident and poised in their varsity debuts.

“Everybody was getting butterflies,” Webster said. “We were nervous during the practices in the weeks before, but I think we were actually a lot more ready than we thought we were going to be.”

Geneseo’s Hannah Himmelman scored 12 points and was a key contributor on defense as well.

Heather Dietrich was a major part of a Geneseo’s second-quarter surge scoring all five of her points in the second quarter, and she made passes throughout the game to setup teammates for easy looks near the basket.

A senior, Mariah Smith finished with seven points including Geneseo’s only 3-pointer, and Anna McAvoy tallied four points in the paint.

The Lady Leafs’ Breanna Smith, Jane Thomas and Keeli Frerichs each added two points, and Adia Raya made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

“We aren’t going to pull the reins,” Hardison said. “We are going to let the athletes we have play.”