Lady Gens open week with 1-1 record


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team exit the first week of league play with a 1-1 record.

The Lady Gens dropped their first game of the season to the Holy Names Knights 40-37 in overtime, in what head coach Dom Silvaggio described as “uninspired play.”

“We just didn’t play well against Holy Names,” said Silvaggio. “We had trouble scoring for some reason or another. We went 13 for 71 from the field, that’s pretty brutal.”

The Lady Gens were back on the court just 48 hours later to take on the Essex Red Raiders and in the early going it looked as if the scoring problems followed into Thursday night’s game.

The Lady Gens didn’t score their first basket until the 5:28 mark of the first quarter, but once they scored, the floodgates opened.

Amherst put up 15 points in the quarter while holding the Red Raiders to only three.

The offense onslaught continued in the second quarter with the Lady Gens hitting their first five shots of the quarter.

The tenacious Amherst defense forced 15 Essex turnovers, converting the majority of the turnovers into points and built a 35-9 lead going into halftime.


Aleah Marton and Rebecca Krug double team an Essex ball carrier

The Lady Gens pouring in another 14 points in the third quarter and slid into cruise control in the fourth, only scoring six points while allowing five for the 55-18 victory.

Silvaggio said the game looked an awful lot like the game against Holy names with the Lady Gens missing a slew of easy baskets.

“We missed a whole bunch  in the beginning, we did the same thing against Holy Names,” said Silvaggio. “In this game they kept working and working and finally the shots start to fall.”

Silvaggio believes the reason why the teams scoring is inconsistent is because of their outside shooting.

“We’ll go on a streak where we hit our outside shots then we’ll go cold,” he said. “Once we get that going, we’ll be ok.”

Silvaggio noted that he was very pleased with the effort his girls put forward against Essex despite having Katie Breault out of the lineup because of a visit to Northern Michigan University.

“Tonight the defensive intensity was there, the kids ran and looked for fast breaks,” said Silvaggio. “It was good to see.”

Aleah Marton, who rebounded from a 1 for 15 performance against Holy Names to score a team high 15 points, said getting the first win of the season will help pick up the team’s energy.

“We needed something positive help us get through this week,” said Marton.

Marton said with the injuries to Jaylin VandeBovenkamp and Rebekah French the bench players have to step up.

“If we don’t have them it’s going to be tough,” she said. “Everyone has to put in a good effort and everyone has to step up to the plate.”

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