The Geneseo Lady Leafs’ basketball team improved to 14-0 on the season with a win over Yorkville and a victory over Monmouth-Roseville during their Pink Zone game.

The Geneseo Lady Leafs’ basketball team improved to 13-0 on the season with a win over Yorkville and a victory over Monmouth-Roseville during their Pink Zone game.

Geneseo at Yorkville

The Lady Leafs’ defense was the key to another Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory defeating the Lady Foxes 56-25 at Yorkville High School on Dec. 18.

Geneseo rolled to a 31-16 lead by halftime, and the Lady Leafs expanded their lead to 52-25 by the end of the third quarter.

The Leafs’ Kammie Ludwig and Maddi Barickman each scored a game-high 11 points, and Geneseo’s defense didn’t allow a Yorkville player to score more than six points from the floor.

A sophomore, Maddi Barickman made three 3-pointers, and Ludwig scored seven points in the third quarter.

Tori Verbeck scored eight points all coming in the first quarter, and Keeli Frerichs finished with eight points.

Hannah Himmelman tallied seven points, and Josie Brown finished with six points.

Geneseo’s Abbi Barickman finished with five points including a 3-pointer.

Monmouth-Roseville at Geneseo

The Lady Leafs used an 18-3 run to start the second half to bury Monmouth-Roseville 78-50 and improve to 14-0 on the season.

Geneseo’s outside shooting and strong interior passing sparked the Lady Leafs’ run in the third quarter at Geneseo High School on Dec. 21.

Maddi Barickman had struggled in the first half from distance, but she came to life in the second half making three consecutive shots, including a 3-pointer to give Geneseo a 37-25 lead.

“You always have to think next shot is going in,” Maddi Barickman said. “No matter what happened the last time. Since I was younger, we always talk about the next play. You can’t just focus on one thing or you become a headcase. You have to stay mentally strong and think this next one is going in no matter what.”

With Maddi Barickman’s range drawing the M-R defense out, Geneseo started feasting down low.

Brown grabbed an offensive board and scored on the putback and great passes set up Himmelman for layups underneath the basket on back-to-back possessions to expand the lead to 52-28.

By the end of the third quarter, Geneseo increased their lead to 64-35.

“It’s almost like it’s your own points,” Brown said. “It’s that type of feeling. Hannah is such a great player, but being a part of this team we all know points don’t really matter.”

Leading 25-20 midway through the second quarter, Geneseo went on an 11-5 run to end the half with hustle plays.

Brown drew a foul and made a pair of free throws, and Frerichs stole the ball for a score to make it 31-22.

With Verbeck sidelined with an injury, Geneseo relied on their bench to pick up the slack.

A sophomore, Taylor DeSplinter came off the bench and grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to make Geneseo’s lead 31-24 with a 1:34 remaining.

“We are playing so well because we are not a five-person team,” Hardison said. “We are a 10, a 12 or a 13 person team with players who are ready to jump in and fill those spots.”

Maddi Barickman finished with a game-high 18 points, and Brown chipped in 13 points.

Ludwig scored 12 points and added five rebounds, and Himmelman finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Geneseo’s Abbi Barickman tallied seven points off the bench.