It was the first time all season Geneseo used a spotlight during their pre-game introductions.

It was the first time all season Geneseo used a spotlight during their pre-game introductions.

When the Geneseo gym lights were turned back on, the Lady Leafs lit up the court with a 46-32 victory over Ottawa on Feb. 5.

Following a ceremony honoring the Leafs’ senior players Tarah Fisher and Jessica Lopez in pre game, Geneseo started the game with all the energy taking a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Shooting well in the opening quarter took all the pressure off Geneseo.

Fisher and Lynsey Gradert showed their range making 3-pointers, which opened things up for players in the lane.

Fisher scored nine points and was playing at the peak of her powers knocking down pull up jumpers.

“It was fitting for her to go out like that,” Hardison said. “It was her last game on her home floor, and she was the leader. She took charge of everything. It was nice to see.”

Fisher finished with nine points, including a 3-pointer during Geneseo’s hot start.

“We talked as a team about picking up our outside shooting,” Fisher said. “I wanted to do what I could for my team. I decided that’s a part of my game I needed to work on, so it has been my goal since Christmas.”

With extended playing time, Lopez provided nice energy and effort off the bench using her 5’10” size to grab rebounds and cause problems for the Pirates offense.

Eight of Geneseo’s nine players who checked into the game scored for the Leafs, delighting the student section which was cheering for a 50-point game.

“It can’t be five people,” Hardison said. “We need 15. That’s how many they let us dress, and that’s how many we need.”

The Lady Leafs’ Sydney Himmelman scored a game-high 12 points, and Paige VandeWiele provided a solid source of points off the bench scoring eight.

Renee Rumler scored six points, and Lindsey Francque finished with four points.

Morgan May and Jane Thomas each tacked on two points for the Leafs.

“It wasn’t just senior night,” Fisher said. “It was our last home game of the season and having almost everyone get a chance to score was awesome.”

Geneseo continued to be aggressive going to the hoop and getting to the free-throw line, but being consistency making free throws will be the Leafs’ next step.

The Leafs struggled at the line, making just 6-of-17 in the game against Ottawa.

The IHSA has released the pairings for the Class 3A Dunlap Regional.

Geneseo (No. 7 seed) will play host Dunlap (No. 4 seed) on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.