The Geneseo girls’ basketball team opened the 2009-10 season with a convincing 76-33 win over Erie in the first game of the Temple’s Tip-off Classic Nov. 16 in Geneseo.


The Geneseo girls’ basketball team opened the 2009-10 season with a convincing 76-33 win over Erie in the first game of the Temple’s Tip-off Classic Nov. 16 in Geneseo.

Geneseo scored 13 points in the first quarter, while Erie finished with 12, but in the second quarter, the Lady Leafs began to pull away. Geneseo notched 18 points in the second, while Erie had 10. The Lady Leafs led the game 31-22 at the half.

“The score was a little bit deceiving,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “It was a very tight ball game through the first half for sure. Jena Rice had a great first half for us and she kept us afloat. She really dominated for us when we were struggling in the first half.”

The Lady Leaf offense came out in the second half and continued to extend their advantage with 22 points in the third and 23 in the fourth.

Geneseo led the game 53-28 at the end of the third quarter as Erie was held to six points in the quarter. Geneseo’s defense only allowed Erie five points in the final minutes of play.

“Then in the second half Erie tried to take away Jena because she scored 13 points in the first half and then that opened up Allie Hudson and she had all her points in the second half,” said Brucher. “Our depth and the fact we were playing eight or nine players I think started to wear on Erie. I think the speed of the game also started to wear on Erie and we got a lot of points off our defense.”

Three Lady Leaf post players notched double digits in their debut — Devan Griffin, 17; Allie Hudson, 16 and Jena Rice, 13.

Griffin knocked down seven shots from the field and three free throws in her first varsity match, while Hudson drained eight field goals, all in the second half. Rice went 5-for-8 from the line and hit four field goals for her 13, all scored in the first half.

“Overall it was a good win,” said Brucher. “To score 76 points that is a pretty solid offensive outing. And Devan Griffin had a great varsity debut. I wouldn’t have thought before the game she would be the leading scorer, but she is a good athlete and basketball player and does a great job pursuing the ball.?I think half of her points were off offensive rebounds.”

Natalie Witter added seven points for the Lady Leafs on a three pointer and two field goals, while Allison Wiese and Keatyn?DeGrave each scored six points, both with three field goals.

Alli DeSmith drained one shot from beyond the arc and a free throw for her points of the night, while Kaci?Storm and Nicole Adams each scored two points on a field goal.

Rounding out the effort were Maggie Bergeson, Kelsey Burress and Katie DeGrave, each going 1-for-2 from the line.

The Lady Leafs (1-0 overall) will next host Annawan at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the final game of the tournament.