Lady Gens roll Lajeunesse to move to 3-1


By Joel Charron

It took awhile but once the General Amherst Lady Gens hit their stride it was tough to slow them down.

Lady Gens defeated Lajeunesse 57-36 on the road Thursday evening to earn their fourth victory of the season.

After a lackluster first half the Lady Gens led 22-19 but outscored their opponents 35-18 in the second half enroute to the win.

“It was a complete tale of two halves,’ said Lady Gens head coach Dom Silvaggio.

Sarah Bondy led the scoring attack, pouring in 19 points with 18 points coming in the second half. Aleah Marton chipped in with 14 points of her own while Christine Belcher scored ten points.


Christine Belcher dives to secure a loose ball late in the third quarter

Assistant coach Don Parks said Lajeunesse was out working the Lady Gens in the opening half, beating the Lady Gens to loose balls and battling hard for rebounds.   He mentioned Amherst “woke up” in the second half as the team began to hustle and “show some fight.”

“We were just standing around letting them get the loose ball,” said Parks. “In the second half the offense started hitting their shots and we became a lot more aggressive. We’ve got a long way to go. We’re seeing improvement and that what we need to see.”

Silvaggio has been pleased with the team’s performance at the free throw line, stating that this year’s squad rivals one of his best free throw shooting team from five years ago.

At the half, Bondy said Silvaggio and Parks told the girls to keep shooting and eventually the shots will begin to fall.

“I think it’s pretty evident that we are a team that starts slow. It takes awhile for us to get into it,” said Bondy.

Bondy admits the Lady Gens have had their struggles scoring points at time which makes it even more important for everyone on the team to understand their roles.

“We all have to step up in a certain way,” she said.

The Lady Gens won their game earlier in the week by taking out Kingsville 36-12. Silvaggio said Amherst built a 17-0 lead after the opening quarter and led 23-0 at the half before calling off the dogs against an experienced Kingsville team.

The Lady Gens sit at 3-1 on the season, however Bondy believes Amherst should be 4-0.

“We need to get in our system,” said Bondy. “Just because we’re General Amherst doesn’t mean people are going to lay off.”

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