The Lady Leafs’ basketball team victory tour continued.

The Lady Leafs’ basketball team victory tour continued.

Geneseo extended its winning streak to 11 games with victories over LaSalle-Peru, Stark County and Alleman.

LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo

In its first home game of the new year, the Lady Leafs lit up the gym in Geneseo defeating the Lady Cavaliers 58-18 on Jan. 25.

Geneseo Coach Scott Hardison warned his team not to overlook the struggling Lady Cavaliers, and the Lady Leafs took those words to heart, storming out to a 26-4 halftime lead.

LaSalle-Peru has had an up-and-down season, but the Cavaliers were coming off a recent upset win over Ottawa who sits in second place in the Northern Illinois Big 12 West Conference.

With Geneseo playing five games in a seven-day period, Hardison believes the hectic schedule has fed the Lady Leafs’ competitiveness.

“In practice, even competing and running competition drills and games, it doesn’t feed their frenzy enough,” Hardison said. “I think this is the type of team that if you just line up some games for them they will go out and do what they were told to do, compete, stay together and go win.”

Every Geneseo player who checked into the game scored for the Lady Leafs.

Geneseo’s Hannah Himmelman scored a game-high 10 points, almost exclusively in the first quarter.

The Leafs’ Keeli Frerichs and Tori Verbeck scored nine points, and Josie Brown finished with eight points.

Maddi Barickman made a pair of 3-pointers, and Mariah Smith finished with four points.

Abbi Barickman made a 3-pointer, and Kaitlyn Webster made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

The Leafs’ Adia Raya, Heather Dietrich, Jane Thomas and Anna McAvoy each finished with two points.

Geneseo at Stark County

The Lady Leafs’ defense was the difference in Geneseo’s 44-30 victory over the Lady Rebels, at Wyoming Gym, on Jan. 27.

Geneseo held Stark County to just 10 points in the first quarter and built a 19-10 halftime lead.

Geneseo started the second half well outscoring Stark County 15-10 in the third quarter.

The Lady Leafs’ Brown scored a game-high 15 points, and Frerichs finished with 10 points.

GHS’ Himmelman added five points, and Verbeck finished with four points.

Dietrich and Thomas each scored three points, and the Leafs’ Webster and Smith each finished with two points.

Alleman at Geneseo

It just was not quite the right tempo.

The Lady Leafs struggled to find its rhythm in the first half against Alleman.

However, Geneseo hit all the right notes in the second half defeating the Pioneers 52-37 on Jan. 30.

GHS’ Himmelman, Maddi Barickman and Frerichs each had a mini-run to help lead the Lady Leafs to their 11th consecutive victory.

A stronger effort on the defensive end in the second half created better results and aggressiveness on the offensive end to open up a 37-25 Geneseo advantage.

“If we change our mindset on the defensive end, it’s going to change what we do offensively,” Hardison said. “It’s a matter of us playing at our tempo and speed and intensity. We want to run the game the way we want.”

Himmelman scored seven of Geneseo’s first nine points in the second half.

A junior, Himmelman finished with 13 points and three rebounds, and she believes that stronger effort on the boards opened up the offense.

“In the second half, we had one through five rebounding,” Himmelman said. “It really helps get more offensive looks, stops on defense and slows the game down.”

A freshman, the Leafs’ Maddi Barickman gave Geneseo a boost in the second half with her outside shooting.

Maddi Barickman made three spot up 3-pointers to help give the Lady Leafs a 21-18 halftime lead, and she finished with 12 points making 4-of-7 from downtown.

Maddi Barickman’s ability to handle the ball and knock down shots has allowed her to steadily increase her playing time coming off the bench.

“The coaches told me they needed shooting,” Maddi Barickman said. “When I go in that’s what I’m trying to do put the ball in the basket.”

In the fourth quarter, Frerichs took the baton and scored six consecutive points giving Geneseo a 43-29 lead with a little under five minutes remaining.

Frerichs finished with 10 points and five rebounds, and McAvoy had a solid second half finishing with five points and four rebounds.

Dietrich scored four points and added four rebounds, and Brown finished with three points and three rebounds.

Webster scored three points, and Thomas finished with two points.

The Lady Leafs’ next home game will be against Ottawa on Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.

Geneseo will wear special Pink Zone jerseys to honor cancer survivors in attendance and raise money for cancer awareness.