Lady Gens start season 2-0

Pick up wins against Belle River and Villanova

By Joel Charron

After narrowly escaping Belle River 40-38 in their season opener last Tuesday night, the General Amherst Lady Gens followed up that performance with a 47-20 thrashing of longtime rival Villanova last Thursday evening.

The Lady Gens ended the first quarter with a 14-0 leading and didn’t allow Villanova’s first points until 5:16 into the second quarter off a pair of free throws.

Amherst held a hefty rebounding edge, in the first half, grabbing 21 boards compared to Villanova’s eight.

Although Amherst went ice cold in the third frame, scoring only five points, while holding Villanova three points while causing the Wildcats to turn the ball over four times.

The Lady Gens once again found their scoring touch, pouring in 14 points in the final

Lady Gens Katie Breault (45) spins around a Villanova defender on her way to two points

frame enroute to a 47-20 win.

Lindsay Kondracki and Jaylin VandeBovenkamp led the way for General Amherst, scoring eight points each. Robin Kellam had seven points while Katie Breault and Rebecca Krug each had six points apiece. Aleah Marton scored five points with Christine Belcher and Karli Ficociello four and three points respectively.

Lady Gens head coach Dom Silvaggio was much happier with his team’s performance Thursday night, noting that they used a balanced scoring attack against the Wildcats.

“Everybody got to play,” he said.

Silvaggio also said that the defensive intensity was also stepped up a notch, compared to Tuesday night’s bout with Belle River.

“The other night, it just wasn’t there,” said Silvaggio. “There was no urgency in their play. Tonight, their intensity level was up.”

Although the Lady Gens feel out of rhythm offensively in the third quarter, Silvaggio was pleased that the defensive intensity didn’t slide.

”Offense comes and goes the defense is the one that should stay the same,” he said.

The Amherst coach said the Belle River game came down to free throws and said the Lady Gens could have won by at least eights points. He noted that the girls played to their capabilities against Villanova and will be looking for more constants efforts such as that.

In her first year of high school, starting point guard Marton said she was nervous being a Grade 9 and running the point for the Lady Gens but is quickly adapting to the speed of the senior game.

“At first it was really quick and now I find I’m more in control,” she said.

Marton, agreed with her coaches assessment of the first two games.

“We had more heart in his game,” said Marton. “We realized we had to play hard in order to win. Everything came together.”

The lady Gens will travel to Kingsville on Oct. 4 before hosting St. Anne’s on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.

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