Lady Gens begin season 2-0


JaylinBy Joel Charron

It’s a good start to the season for the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team.

Last week, the Lady Gens picked up two dominating home wins over L’Essor (54-28) and Belle River (57-18) to kick off the start of the WECSSAA Senior Girls Tier 1 basketball season.

With L’Essor paying a visit to Amherst’s gymnasium Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Gens stumbled out of the gate, on scoring a single point in the opening three minutes and allowing L’Essor to build a small three point lead.

However the lead was short lived as Amherst exploded on an 11-0 run and finished the quarter with a 16-5.

The Lady Gens kept up the attack enroute to an 18 point second quarter and held a commanding 34-9 lead at halftime.

Amherst pouring in another 18 points in the third frame and cruised to a 54-28 victory.

“We started pretty slow,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio. “I don’t know what happened, it was just a bad start.”

Jaylin VandeBovenkamp, who made her return to the court for the first time in 16 months after recovering from a devastating knee injury said the slow start have become the Lady Gens’ “thing” early in the season.

“We’ve been having a lot of slow starts lately,” she said. “I’m not sure what it is, it could be nerves. I’m going to make it my personal goal to get everyone a little more fired up in the beginning.”
VandeBovenkamp said she felt good after her 16 month absences from the court but she pointed out its going to take a few game to find her groove.

“I missed a lot of easy buckets but I’ll find my touch has we move forward,” she said. “It feels really good to be back though.”

Silvaggio also credited reserve forward Emma Deluca for coming off the bench and provided secondary scoring.

“She was hitting three’s from all over the court,” he said. “She found her spot on the floor and kept nailing it. Some of those shots she was two or three steps behind the line. She was lights out today.”

Silvaggio said he thought the Lady Gens’ ball movement kept L’Essor guessing and the defense pressured them into turnover, however noted some girls need to work on playing at the speed of Tier 1 senior basketball.

“Some kids aren’t used to playing at this speed of the game,” he said. “It’s going to come, once we get a month into the season you’re going to see a lot of those things correct themselves.

The Lady Gens will be on the road against Sandwich Tuesday before returning home to play Holy Names on Thursday.

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