Lady Gens undefeated after nine games

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens may be riddled with injuries but that’s not stopping them from climbing up the ladder in WECSSAA Tier 1 action.

The Lady Gens picked a pair of wins last week after taking out Holy Names 49-29 on Tuesday and defeating Belle River 47-33 on Thursday.

Despite missing key contributors Christine Belcher and Jaylin VandeBovenkamp due to concussions the Lady Gens continued to roll.

“Our bench has really stepping up to fill those roles,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio after Tuesday tilt with Holy Names.

 

Amherst’s Lindsay Kondracki tries to get position on Belle River’s Kim Maroon.

Silvaggio was particularly pleased with Grade 11 guard, Rebecca Krug who came off the bench for 11 points.

“I thought Krugger (Rebecca Krug) really stepped up. It was nice to see that happen,” said Silvaggio.

The Lady Gens held Holy Names to 13 points in the first half and controlled the board for a 19-5 advantage.

Turnovers were key for Amherst as they prssured Holy Names into 14 unforced errors compared to Amherst four in the first half.

“I thought we played great in the first half. They played with lots of intensity. They hustled all over the floor,” said Silvaggio.

The second half the intensity vanished as the Lady Gens committed an uncharacteristic seven third quarter turnovers and allowed Holy Names climb with 13 at the end of the quarter.

Still leading 36-23, the Lady Gens exploded on a 13-0 run in the final frame as Amherst coasted to a 49-29 win.

“The start of the second half was a little rough but I think once we settled down we found our rhythm again,” said   Krug.

Krug admits the team was a little nervous having two starters out of the lineup but still had confidence that they could win.

“We knew we had to step it up and make up for Christine and Jaylin,” she said. “I think we did a really good job of that. We all came together and proved to ourselves that if we play as a team we can make up for anything.”

Lindsay Kondracki scored 14 points while Katie Breault poured in nine, Sarah Bondy added seven of her own and several players pitched in two points.

The Lady Gens picked up their ninth win of the season with a 47-33 win over Belle River.

Amherst got out of the gate quickly, maintaining a 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. That lead grew at the half as the Lady Gens held a 26-11 lead.

The Lady Gens held a huge rebounding advantage, cleaning up 20 board to Belle River’s 11.

The outslaught continued in the second half as the Lady Gens continued to control the boards, grabbing 18 in the second half as the Lady Gens maintained control throughout the half.

“I thought the girls played much better tonight than Tuesday,” said Silvaggio. “Our first half was very good. But we still have put together a full 32 minutes.”

Silvaggio praised Kondracki for having her best game in a Lady Gens uniform.

“She played both ends of the floor. Offensively she made her shots and defensively she rebounded really well,” he said.

Kondracki contributed her stellar game to facing a toughing opponent.

“Kim Maroon is a aggressive player and that pushes me to be aggressive,” said Kondracki, who finished with 16 points. “She pushes me to be better than I normally am.”

Kondracki credited the bench for their play as of late, stating that the team has found some chemistry and is improving every day.

Heading into WECSSAA Tier 1 playoffs, Kondracki noted that she think the Lady Gens have an “excellent chance” for grabbing a ninth straight title.

“If we play like we did tonight and play as a team than we can become WECSSAA champs,” she said.

Breault added 13 points and Aleah Marton added seven.

 

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