The Lady Leaf basketball team started its season with a record of 3-2 and ended the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic in third place. Annawan won the eight team tournament, followed by Erie in second.


The Lady Leaf basketball team started its season with a record of 3-2 and ended the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic in third place. Annawan won the eight team tournament, followed by Erie in second.

Geneseo vs. United

Geneseo moved on to compete in the third-place match of the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic Nov. 22 when the Lady Leafs squared off against United. Geneseo emerged with the 57-20 victory to take third.

“I was pleased with their approach to the game,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “They had a much better approach and had a chance to redeem themselves, and I think they did that.”

The Lady Leafs jumped out to a commanding 19-4 lead over United in the first quarter. Geneseo posted 11 points in the second quarter, while its defense held United to only three for a 30-7 lead at the half.

Geneseo’s offense kept pouring in the shots in the second half, while its defense held strong, putting the pressure on United.

The Lady?Leafs knocked down 14 points in the third quarter and held United to three for a 44-10 score. In the fourth quarter, Geneseo added 13 more points to the scoreboard, while United posted its first double digits of the night with 10.

Allie Hudson came up big for the Lady Leaf offense with 21 points, as she drained 10 shots from the field and one free throw.

Jessie DeFauw added 12 points of her own with six field goals, while teammate Jena Rice finished with 10 points on three field goals and went 4-for-6 from the line.

Meghan Wethington finished the game with four points on two field goals, while Katie DeGrave hit a field goal and a free throw for her three points on the night.

Rounding out the offensive attack were Jordan?Wagner, Sammi Miller and Nellie White all with two points — Wagner and White each with a field goal and Miller, two free throws. Mel Piekos hit one free throw for her lone point of the game.

Geneseo vs. Erie

Shooting only 4-of-17 from the free-throw line Nov. 22 in their semifinal match with Erie proved to be the difference as the Lady?Leafs fell 45-43.

“We hurt ourselves,” said Brucher. “But they are all things that can be fixed.”

After the first quarter of play, Erie had a two-point lead on Geneseo, 12-10. In the second quarter, Erie posted another 12 points, and Geneseo added 10 for a 24-20 Erie advantage at the half.

Geneseo was held to 10 points in the third quarter, while Erie scored 11 to extend its lead to 35-30. The Lady Leafs outscored Erie, 13-10 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Erie won the game by two.

Leading Geneseo’s offensive effort was DeFauw with 10 points on five shots from the field.

Hudson added nine points with three field goals and three free throws, while Rice finished with eight points on four field goals.

Miller ended the contest with six points with three field goals, while Wagner added three on a field goal and a free throw. Piekos and Nicole Adams rounded out the effort with two points apiece, each with a field goal.

Geneseo vs. Annawan

It was a battle between the unbeatens, Geneseo and Annawan, in the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic Nov. 20 in Geneseo. However, it is was the Bravettes who pulled out a gutsy performance to stun the Lady Leafs, 48-45.

Annawan took an early lead, putting up a quick 11 points and holding Geneseo to zero. The ?Lady Leafs finally got on the board, but the Bravettes led at the end of the quarter, 15-9.

“They (Annawan) got off to a great start, 11-0 and hit their first six shots,” said Brucher. “And we got hit in the mouth right away. But I give our girls credit for battling back, and the game stayed close.”

In the second quarter, Geneseo’s shots started to fall and, with Annawan’s leading scorer, Kelly Buresh, on the bench with two fouls, the Lady Leafs were able to come within one at the half, 22-21.

It was a defensive battle to start the second half with Annawan scoring seven points and Geneseo only five. The Bravettes held on to a three-point advantage, 29-26 to start the fourth.

Geneseo and Annawan fought till the end in the final minutes, but it was the Bravettes’ shooting from the free-throw line that sealed the deal for Annawan. Both squads scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to give Annawan the three-point victory.

The Lady Leafs scoring was spread out Thursday night as eight girls got in on the action.

Wethington and DeFauw were the leading scorers with nine points apiece — Wethington knocking down a three pointer, two field goals and two free throws and DeFauw hitting four field goals  and a free throw.

Wagner, Piekos and Hudson all added six points to the effort. Wagner and Hudson each scored on two field goals and two free throws, while Piekos drained a shot from beyond the arc and three free throws.

Miller finished the game with four points on four free throws, followed by Rice with three points on a field goal and a free throw and Adams with two on two free throws.

Geneseo vs. Fulton

The Lady Leafs notched their second win in the Temple’s Tip-off Classic Nov. 19 with a dominating 57-20 victory over Fulton.

Geneseo jumped out to a 15-2 lead on Fulton and then knocked down 19 more points and held Fulton to eight in the second. The Lady Leafs led the game 34-10 at the half.

In the second half, Geneseo posted 18 points in the third quarter, while Fulton only scored six for a 52-16 Lady Leaf advantage. Geneseo was held to single digits in the fourth quarter with five points and Fulton only finished the game with four.

Hudson and Rice both posted double digits for the Lady Leafs — Hudson put up 12 points with six shots from the field, and Rice added 11 as she hit three field goals and went 5-for-6 from the line.

DeFauw ended the game with seven points on three field goals and one free throw.

Three Lady Leafs finished the contest with six points, Maggie Bergeson, Wagner and Miller.
Bergeson hit one three pointer, one field goal and one free throw, while Wagner scored on three field goals and Miller drained two shots from beyond the arc.

Rounding out the effort were Adams with four points on two field goals; Piekos, three on a field goal and a free throw and White, two on one field goal.

Hudson and DeFauw were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

“It was an opportunity to get five games in early, to begin identifying roles for the girls and discover our identity as a team,” said Brucher. “The positive thing is we have a week of practice to clean up our shortcomings. We have  a little better taste in our mouth (after the United game), but we are still a little bitter.”

Geneseo (3-2 overall) will next host Pleasant Valley at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.