Lady Gens crown Cavs to remain undefeated

VandeBovenkamp and Breault combine for 29 points

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens continued their quest for a ninth straight WECSSAA championship by defeating the defending WECSSAA “AA” champs Kingsville Cavaliers.

“This was a game that we needed to win,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio. “This will help decide who gets home court throughout the playoffs. It was a good victory for our kids.”

The Lady Gens, who are without their leader and defensive stalwart Christine Belcher due to a concussion, showed what life was like without the fifth year player.

Silvaggio said there is no replacing the Royal Arcanum Award winner, however he stated, “other girls are going to   have to step up.”

“We have people who have stepped up, but not in all games,” said Silvaggio. “They have to adapt to play without her.”

It seems they adapted quite well in the first quarter, nailing their first five shots for a quick 10-point lead.

Their defensive pressure held the Cavaliers to three points and forced eight turnovers.

The Lady Gens held the rebounding edge, 8-4, as Amherst lead 18-3 after the first frame.

In the second quarter, the Lady Gens relied on their defense, as the girls managed to score only five points before halftime.

“The last two or three minutes on the half, for some reason we started throwing the ball all over the place,” said Silvaggio. “It’s a good thing our defense kept them (Kingsville) from scoring.”

Amherst led 23-8 at halftime.

The Lady Gens’ defensive pressure faulted slightly in the second half, allowing the Cavaliers to score five quick points in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

 

Katie Breault pulls up for a three-pointer in the face of the Kingsville defender.

The Lady Gens with a run of their own matched the Kingsville outburst.

The Cavaliers climbed within 11 points of the Lady Gens, however that would be as close as they would get as Jaylin VandeBovenkamp and Katie Breault combined for 29 points and cruised to a 48-32 win.

Although the Lady Gens did pick up the win, Silvaggio said he wasn’t pleased with their effort in the second half.

“I wasn’t pleased with their defense and their rebounding,” said Silvaggio. “I thought they were very lackadaisical.”

The Lady Gens were out-bounding 13-9 in the second half.

“That shouldn’t happen with our team,” he said.

Karli Ficociello said the team’s defense in the first half was “the best they played all year” but agreed with her coaches assessment of the second half.

“Our defensive rebounding slowed down,” said Ficociello. “I think we were a little tired.”

With losing two starters to graduation, Ficociello believes the Lady Gens have come a long way since the start of the season and with Belcher out, Ficociello stated the bench has “stepped up” to the challenge.

“We’re just seeing how things go and trying out new things,” she said.

VandeBovenkamp finished with a game high 15 points and Breault pitched in with 14. Mackenzie Morency and Lindsay Kondracki both added six points, Aleah Marton pouring in four and Rebecca Krug contributed with one point.

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