Lady Gens “terrible” in loss to St. Anne, better in loss to Lajeunesse

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens’ senior girls basketball game last Thursday night was a game that, suffice it to say, didn’t impress their coaches.

The players also left the court unimpressed.

“That was just terrible,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio, after losing at home 51-15 to the St. Anne Saints. “That was one of those games where there is nothing good to say about it. I don’t even know who that team was out there. That should have been a closer game.”

The game was close for the first five minutes, said Silvaggio, but then things fell apart. He didn’t recall seeing a team play that poorly in the last 15-20 years and wanted the players to quickly put it behind them and move on.

“They have to remember how embarrassed they got but wipe out everything else about that game,” said Silvaggio.

General Amherst’s Brooklyn Prescott (41, right) brings the ball up the court during second half action in last Thursday’s loss to St. Anne.

Silvaggio said the Lady Gens, who fell to 0-3 in WECSSAA Tier 1 play after the game, had a bad game and hoped they got it out of their systems. They couldn’t hit any outside jump shots and became frustrated. Silvaggio noted a key moment in the game was the last 90 seconds of the first half when St. Anne expanded their lead from 18-11 to 27-11 heading into halftime.

Rebounding was also non-existent during last Thursday’s game, he added.

“There’s no excuses for the lack of rebounding,” he said.

Ramie Tytgat had six points while Lexi Dodds had four points.

“I think we are just really out of shape,” said Tytgat. “We need to work harder in practice. We’re not ready for games.”

Tytgat agreed with her coach that rebounding was poor, adding that they didn’t control the ball well either.

“We weren’t in this game, it seemed,” she said.

Tytgat also said they need to remember the embarrassment and use it as motivation going forward.

“Hopefully it will put a fire under our butts to get us to play harder next game,” she said.

Last Thursday’s game was a step backwards in terms of progress, Tytgat added.

“This is by far the worst game we’ve played,” she said after the games.

The Lady Gens also played last Tuesday (Oct. 3) at home versus Lajeunesse and lost 41-28. Silvaggio said that was a better effort, noting it was 16-16 at the half, but doomed themselves by shooting one-for-18 from the free throw line.

The game was within seven points in the fourth quarter but an offensive run by Lajeunesse in the fourth quarter sealed the deal. A key sequence was when the Lady Gens missed an easy layup with Lajeunesse going up the floor and hitting a three-pointer to seize momentum.

“We played well,” Silvaggio said of Tuesday’s game. “We kept fighting.”

General Amherst hosted Essex Tuesday at 4 p.m. They also host Kingsville Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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