The Geneseo girls’ basketball team split its conference match ups this past week as the girls fell to Ottawa, but rebounded to defeat Streator.

The Geneseo girls’ basketball team split its conference match ups this past week as the girls fell to Ottawa, but rebounded to defeat Streator.

Geneseo vs. Streator

After a slow start, the Lady Leafs came out in the second half and took care of business to nab a 45-22 road win over Streator Dec. 13.

“We came out a little sluggish in the first half, but cleaned things up at halftime and really took care of business in the second half,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “I think, in the first half, we overlooked Streator knowing their record, but we got focused and were able to overmatch them in the second half. When we did the stuff we needed to do, there wasn’t much comparison.”

Geneseo led 9-4 after the first quarter and took a 10-point lead into the half, 18-8. The Lady Leafs scored nine points in the second and held Streator to four.

The Lady Leafs knocked down 18 points in the third quarter and only allowed Streator seven for a 36-15 advantage. Geneseo sealed the victory with nine points in the fourth quarter to Streator’s seven.

“We really focused on working on our zone offenses and also focused on doing things fundamentally sound,” said Hardison.

Olivia Goethals, Kassi Anderson and Devan Griffin combined for 30 of the team’s 45 points to lead the team.

All three chalked up 10 points for the night — Goethals knocked down five shots from the field and Anderson and Griffin each hit four field goals and two free throws.

Kelsey Nystrom chipped in six points as she went 6-for-8 from the free-throw line, while Alex Radue drained a three pointer for her three points.

Jacque DeFauw, Katelyn Mundt and Rori Westerlund finished the game with two points apiece, all with a field goal.

Geneseo vs. Ottawa

Friday night in Geneseo was a showdown between two of the top teams in the NIB 12 Conference, Geneseo and Ottawa. Both teams proved why they are at the top of the conference in a game that need extra time to determine the winner.

In the end, it was the Ottawa Pirates who remained perfect in the conference as they nabbed the 47-43 overtime win Dec. 9.

“I thought we put together 24 minutes of pretty good basketball,” said Hardison. “We executed what we wanted to and played our game. We just lost our aggressiveness in the fourth quarter and Ottawa came back in the fourth quarter and got us in overtime.

“We did not shoot free throws well, but we need to build on our first 24 minutes. We had a chance to win the ball game. We will build on that and learn from it.”

The Lady Leafs got out to an early lead in the first quarter, 7-3, with big help from their defense as the girls held Ottawa scoreless for approximately the first five and a half minutes.

Geneseo continued to hold on to its lead at the half, 16-11, as the Lady Leafs scored nine to Ottawa’s eight for the second quarter.

Both squads’ offenses came out of the break shooting with each team posting 19 points in the third quarter. Geneseo managed to maintain their advantage, 35-30. The Pirates fought back in the fourth quarter to outscore Geneseo, 8-3 and tie the game at 38-38 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, Ottawa was able to gain the advantage for the Lady Leafs, 8-5, to steal the victory.

“We have to impose our will on teams we are playing, and we can’t let our opponents dictate the game,” said Hardison. “In a tougher game, you fight to play your game.?I want to play tough games because that is the best way to learn, so when it really matters we are ready to go.”

Only five Lady Leaf players got in the scoring column Friday night with three bringing in double figures.

Griffin led the charge with 14 points as she hit six field goals and two free throws, followed by Nystrom with 13 points as she drained three shots from beyond the arc and two field goals.

Kaci Storm chipped in 10 points of her own on four field goals and two free throws, while Emily Ford added four points with two field goals and Goethals, two points on a field goal.

“We are still trying to find our identity,” said Hardison. “Kaci is one girl who has really stepped up and given us our defensive stopper. We are just looking for that at the guard position, and I?think Emily Ford is starting to step up and get a feel for the game and the speed of the game at the varsity level. I?hope she continues to grow.”

The Lady Leafs (7-2 overall and 2-1 in the NIB?12) next will begin play in the Ottawa Holiday Tournament Dec. 17. Tournament schedules were not available.