Lady Gens pick up ‘ugly win’ against Villanova

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens chalked up another win but it certainly didn’t come easy.

The Lady Gens moved to 4-1 after taking out long time rival the Villanova Wildcats 46-35 in a hard fought, gritty game at Amherst last Wednesday evening.

“It wasn’t pretty at all,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio.

Both team struggled through a sloppy first quarter, which eventually saw Amherst come away with an 11-10 lead after the first frame.

Villanova took advantage of Amherst’s poor shooting, building a five-point lead with less than four minutes left to play in the half. However Amherst defense clamped down, not allowing a single point in the final four minutes and reversed a five-point deficit into a six-point halftime lead.

“We just weren’t shooting the ball and it was starting to get in the girls’ heads,” said Silvaggio.

The shooting improved in the third quarter as the Lady Gens poured in 16 points while holding the Wildcats to 12 points. Aleah Marton began to find her range hitting back-to-back three pointers as the Lady Gens surged into the fourth quarter with a 37-27 advantage.

Villanova began the fourth quarter on a small run, cutting their deficit to single digits, however the Lady Gens defense weathered the Wildcat attack enroute to a 46-35 win.

Sarah Bondy latches on the ball as she tries to rip it out of the hands of a Villanova player.

“We’re not the type of team anymore where we can just step on the court and show up,” said Silvaggio.

Christine Belcher and Marton led Amherst in scoring with nine points each. Katie Breaut and Lindsay Kondracki both chipped in with eight points and Sarah Bondy racked up six points.

Silvaggio noted with the Lady Gens offensive struggles the team must rely on their defense “to make things happen” if that doesn’t happen Silvaggio said they could be “in trouble.”

Breault said the team had to work for every point.

“Villanova is a lot stronger than they have been in the past. We knew that coming in,” said Breault. “We made a lot of silly mistakes but we were able to come together and play our normal basketball.”

Breault added since the team doesn’t have a number one scorer to take over games, the Lady Gens rely on the entire team to win games.

“We need to work hard as a team,” she said. “We’re not as strong as we used to be so we have to work that much hard.”

“We’re not going to look at one player to take over the game,” Silvaggio continued. “We are going to need every one to step up and it’s been that way for most of the season.”

Silvaggio noted that he has been happy with the Lady Gens’ defense through the season, however an area that Silvaggio hopes to see improvement are shots around the basket.

“It’s the easy shot we miss underneath that is becoming a problem,” said Silvaggio. “I thought we’d get over that but it hasn’t happened yet.”

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