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Geneva girls basketball doomed by cold shooting

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

LOMBARD – The Geneva girls basketball team’s frigid shooting was too much to overcome Tuesday.

The Vikings shot a dismal 9 for 52 from the field in a 48-37 loss to Downers Grove North in the third round of the Rachel Bach Tournament.

Geneva turned in a great defensive effort with strong rebounding, shot blocking and steals but could not convert those opportunities into points.

“We couldn’t score. It was frustrating,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. “I said to the girls that they worked so hard on defense and you want the rewards on offense. We never got those rewards.”

“Our shots were terrible,” said Geneva junior forward Janie McCloughan, who led the Vikings with 10 points. “We worked our butts off on defense and we got nothing in return on offense.”

Downers Grove North coach Stephen Bolt thought his team’s defense also contributed to Geneva’s low scoring.

“Not pretty on the offensive end but our defense allowed us to compete and win the game,” Bolt said. “We really gave them tough looks every time coming down the floor. I think Lauren [Porcelli] did a great job of pressuring Geneva’s point guard [Michaela Loebel] – she’s a tough guard – and gave her trouble getting the team into their offensive set.”

The Trojans scored the first basket 30 seconds into the contest and never relinquished the lead.

The Vikings scored their first basket three minutes into the game on a bucket underneath by junior Abby Novak. The score was quickly answered by North’s Jaida Travascio-Green. The sophomore, who led all scorers with 12 points, drained a 3 to give her team a 10-3 advantage.

Geneva trailed 16-7 and the end of the first quarter.

“We had our backs to the wall all during the game,” Meadows said. “We started out flat. We only had 16 points at the half – we usually score that in a quarter. We just never put it together.”

The Vikings pulled within six points two minutes into the second quarter, 18-12, on a Morgan Seberger 3-pointer – the only Geneva 3 of the evening – and free throws by Madeline Dunn (nine points). Downers Grove North responded with an 11-4 run to end the half with a 29-16 lead.

Geneva managed only three baskets during the third quarter and trailed 37-25 starting the final period.

Peyton Winters scored 11 points for Downers Grove North while teammate Sarah Costello chipped in 10.

Geneva returns to Glenbard East tonight to take on Glenbard South in the tournament finale. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

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