The recipe for success for the Geneseo High School Girls’ basketball is defense and the quick break, and it was no different on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs escaped in the second quarter to defeat Sherrard 58-35 to win their Thanksgiving tournament at home.
Senior guard Kammie Ludwig led the way with 16 points, but had 14 at halftime before slowing down in the second half. The majority of those points came in the second quarter, when the Maple Leafs (3-0) put the game out of reach, edging Sherrard 19-2. It was a major change from a first quarter that ended with a 14-13 lead for Sherrard.
“We decided to play defense,” said Geneseo coach Scott Hardison. “This was really our bug at the start. Our half-court defense was not there. We started with a press and gave them credit, they broke it and we weren’t really doing well in the back. (Sherrard) did a really good job, so we pulled it off and said, “Alright, we’re going to make our saves and run out of midfield defense. The team joined and locked. We can score, but we have to make that defense part of what we do.
The biggest change was the quick break. The Maple Leafs struggled to turn things around in the first quarter when they tried to pick up the pace, a pace Geneseo wants to keep up for most of the game.
“Doug Swanson is a hell of a coach,” said Hardison. “He had a really good game plan against us and he wouldn’t let us go out in transition, and that’s where we’re good at. We made a few adjustments to how we were going to push the ball and I think getting out of our press and locking down the defense allowed us to run our lanes in transition in the second quarter.