The Lady Leaf girls’ basketball team opened its season with a 4-0 mark as they went on to win the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic.


The Lady Leaf girls’ basketball team opened its season with a 4-0 mark as they went on to win the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic.

Geneseo vs. Annawan

In last year’s Temple’s Tip-Off Classic, the Annawan Bravettes upset the Lady Leafs of Geneseo, but this year the Lady Leafs were not going to let that happen again on their home floor.

On Nov. 21, Geneseo and Annawan battled back and forth in a game with several lead changes, but it was the Lady Leafs who prevailed with a 46-39 victory to win the Classic Championship.

The Bravettes got out ahead of the Lady Leafs in the opening quarter, 17-8, but the roles reversed in the second quarter as Geneseo knocked down 18 points and held Annawan to seven. Geneseo took a two-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 26-24.

“Well we came out at the start of the game and did a nice job of handling Annawan’s pressure, but then in the third and fourth quarter we struggled,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “We made two adjustments down the stretch that made the difference.”

Geneseo managed to hold on to its two-point advantage in the third quarter as both teams were dead even at nine points apiece for a 35-33 Lady Leaf lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Leafs knocked down 11 points and held the Bravettes to six to come away with the win.

Allison Wiese and Devan Griffin led the way for the Lady Leafs, combining for 22 of the teams 46 points with 11 each. Wiese drained one shot from beyond the arc, three field goals and went 2-for-2 from the line for her 11, while Griffin knocked down 5-of-11 from the field and had one free throw for her 11.

Keatyn DeGrave and Allie Hudson added seven points apiece – DeGrave with one three pointer and two field goals and Hudson hit three field goals and one free throw.

Rounding out the effort for Geneseo were Kaci Storm and Alli DeSmith each with four points, both with two field goals and Megan Ficken, two points on one field goal.

Griffin, Hudson and Jena Rice were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Geneseo vs. Fulton

The?Lady Leafs captured their third win of the season with a 48-27 win over Fulton Nov. 19 in the Temple’s Tip-off Classic.

Geneseo jumped out to a 12-4 lead over Fulton in the opening quarter. The Lady Leafs knocked down another 12 points in the second quarter and held Fulton to four to give Geneseo the 24-8 advantage at the break.

In the third quarter, the Lady Leafs added to their lead as the squad posted another 15 points and allowed Fulton only five. Geneseo extended the lead to 39-13 to start the fourth.

Fulton managed to outshoot Geneseo in the fourth quarter 14-9, but it wasn’t enough as Geneseo took the 48-27 win.

Hudson was the leading scorer for the night for the Lady Leafs with 11 points on four field goals sand three free throws.

Ficken added six points with two shots from the field and two free throws, followed by DeGrave and Kelsey Burress each with five points — DeGrave drained one shot from beyond the arc and a field goal and Burress hit two field goals and one free throw.

Maggie Bergeson, Natalie Witter and Rice combined 12 of the Lady ?Leafs’ points with four points apiece — Bergeson and Rice each with two field goals and Witter knocked down a three pointer and went 1-for-2 from the line.

Wiese, Storm and Griffin rounded out the effort with three points apiece — Wiese went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and Storm and Griffin each hit one field goal and a free throw.

Geneseo vs. Orion

After trailing Orion at the end of the first half, Geneseo was able to only allow seven points in the second half to edge out the Chargers, 34-29 Nov. 18 in Geneseo.

Orion opened the second round of the Temple’s Tip-off Classic with a 9-6 lead over the host Lady Leafs in the first quarter.

The Chargers extended their advantage in the second quarter, scoring 13 points to Geneseo’s 11. Orion led the match 22-17 at halftime.

It was a low-scoring second half for both squads, but the Lady Leafs were able to come out on the winning side.

In the third quarter, Geneseo gained control of the game with a 26-24 lead after outscoring Orion, 9-2.

The Lady Leafs sealed the victory in the fourth quarter as the team scored eight points and held the Chargers to five for the five-point win.

Hudson led the offensive effort for Geneseo with 13 points on five shots from the field and three free throws.

Griffin also scored in double digits for the second time this season adding 12 points with three field goals and six free throws.

Rice finished the night with five points on two field goals and went 1-for-1 from the line, while Bergeson added two points on a field goal. Wiese and DeGrave each hit a free throw for their lone points of the night.

“Well it was a good tournament for us,” said Brucher. “Anytime you start the season off 4-0 is a good start, but at the same point you can’t be satisfied because there are always things to fix. We played a couple of close games and in each of the games the defense gave up fewer points in the second half and played better in the second half. We had different people playing well in different games, which gives us more diversity and a balanced attack.”

The Lady Leafs (4-0 overall) will next travel to Morris to open conference play at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1.