Lady Leafs go 1-1 over weekend

Amy Carton
Jamie DeFauw shoots over the Rockridge defender to score two points for the Lady Leafs Nov. 14.

The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team closed out its season-opening tournament with a 2-1 record.

Geneseo vs. Annawan

The Annawan Bravettes were too much for the Lady Leafs to handle Nov. 17 in the final game of the Temple’s Tip-off Classic. The Bravettes overpowered Geneseo, 48-15.

“Annawan is good, no two ways around it,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “It is what it is, and Celina VanHyfte is the real deal. We tried to match up man-to-man and that didn’t work and we had to go to zone. Annawan is a good shooting team, and if you take one shooter away you have the options of others. Annawan put on a show and hats off to them.”

Annawan jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and didn’t let up. The Bravettes posted 11 more points in the second quarter and held the Lady Leafs to only two points for a 27-6 score at the half.

The Bravettes posted another 14 points in the third quarter, while holding the Lady Leafs to five for the 41-11 lead. In the fourth quarter, Annawan scored seven points and Geneseo had four for the 48-15 final.

Contributing to the effort for Geneseo were Molly DeBrock with six points on three field goals; Rachel Ganson, four points off two field goals; Jamie DeFauw and Rori Westerlund, two points apiece, each with a field goal; and Darci Dietrich, one point on a free throw.

“The biggest thing we learned was we can’t give up,” said Hardison. “The Annawan game gave us the opportunity to see what level we need to get to. Annawan went to state last year, and we want to have those expectations.”

Geneseo vs. Chicago Raby

Geneseo notched a 46-41 victory in the Temple’s Tip-off- Classic Nov. 17 as the Lady Leafs knocked off Chicago Raby.

“We came out really well and fast,” said Hardison. “We jumped out in the third quarter and it was nice to see the girls adjust at halftime and really finish the ball game. It was the first close game they have been in and came away with the victory.”

The Lady Leafs got out to the early 10-7 lead in the first quarter. Raby responded in the second quarter and knocked down 16 points to Geneseo’s nine to take the 23-19 advantage at the half.

Geneseo regained control of the game in the third quarter as the girls scored 13 points and held Raby to six for a 32-29 lead. The Lady Leafs were able to hold off Raby in the fourth quarter with Geneseo scoring 14 points and Raby 12 for the five-point victory.

Dietrich led the team with 13 points as she scored on four field goals and five free throws.

Bailey Conard, Kaylie Piekos, DeFauw and Audrey Anderson all posted seven points for the squad — Conard, a three pointer and two field goals; Piekos, drained a shot from beyond the arc, a field goal and two free throws; DeFauw, three field goals and one free throw and Anderson, two shots from the field and three free throws.

DeBrock finished the game with three points on a field goal and a free throw and Westerlund had two points with a field goal.

“Compliments to Molly and Bailey because they came out and played a bigger role because Emily (who was out of town with her family) was not there,” said Hardison. “It was a good time to learn and grow without Emily there because she is the only one up to speed at the varsity level. We have to find five, six, seven or eight girls that can play at the speed of the game.”

Geneseo vs. Rockridge

The Lady Leafs notched their first win of the season Nov. 14 with a 47-28 victory over Rockridge in the second round of the Temple’s Tip-Off Classic in Geneseo.

“I thought we played really well and when Darci made that layup on the first play we were all able to relax and feed off that,” said Hardison.

Geneseo took the early 12-8 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Leafs knocked down 17 points in the second quarter, while Geneseo’s defense held Rockridge to only eight to take the 29-16 advantage into halftime.

After the break, the Lady Leafs scored seven points, while Rockridge had five to make it a 36-21 ball game in favor of Geneseo. The Lady Leafs closed out the contest with an 11-point fourth quarter and Rockridge managed only seven points for the final.

DeBrock and Dietrich paced the Lady Leafs, both posting double figures with a 11 points apiece. DeBrock knocked down one shot from beyond the arc, three field goals and two free throws, while Dietrich hit three shots from the field and five free throws.

Piekos chipped in nine points as she went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line, a field goal and a three pointer, followed by DeFauw with five points off two field goals and a free throw.

Emily Ford finished the night with four points on two field goals, while Hannah Kain scored three points with a field goal and a free throw. Conard hit two free throws for her two points and Ganson ended with two points on a field goal.

The Lady Leafs (2-2 overall) will next host Sterling at 6 p.m. Nov. 30.

“Our shooting was exposed, so we need to work on that and our game speed,” said Hardison. “We also have to be in control of our game all the time and we need to stay out of panic mode.”