Sr. Lady Gens play better despite two more losses

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team showed signs of improvement last week despite a pair of losses.

The Lady Gens dropped to 0-5 in WECSSAA Tier 1 play, though played better in losses to Essex and Kingsville. The most recent game was Thursday evening against Kingsville and saw the Cavaliers come away with a 49-24 win.

While it was a 25-point win for Kingsville, the game was actually closer in three of the four quarters.

The game was tied 6-6 after one quarter with Kingsville taking a 12-10 lead by halftime. However, the third quarter proved to be the turning point as the Cavaliers outscored the Lady Gens 30-12 over the eight-minute period.

Emma Marshall (right) drives to the basket during General Amherst’s game against Kingsville last Thursday evening.

The fourth quarter was a bit closer, with Kingsville outscoring General Amherst 7-2.

Players on the Lady Gens knew the second half wasn’t their best.

“We need to rebound,” said Dani Brindley, who led the Lady Gens with seven points against Kingsville. “In the first half, we played really well. In the second half, we lacked rebounding and didn’t spread the floor.”

Teammate Madison Pillon also believed they had a let down in the second half.

“I feel we sort of gave up after the first half,” she said. “We stopped spreading out the floor on offense, stopped making good passes and rebounding. We’ve got to work harder in practice.”

Pillon added the “third quarter pretty much killed us” and believes they have to practice “more team stuff.”

“I think (the third quarter) pretty much ended the game,” added Brindley.

Brindley also said they have to work harder in practice and get everyone to come out.

The Lady Gens also lost two days earlier to Essex 43-27. Brindley said it was a similar game to Thursday as “we slacked in the third quarter.”

Amherst coach Dom Silvaggio said they were in the game against Essex, though missed layups and free throws put them down 12-2 after one quarter. The Lady Gens actually outscored the Red Raiders 10-6 in the second quarter and only lost to them by three in the third but Essex pulled away in the end.

General Amherst’s Taja Holmes (left) brings the ball up the floor during last Thursday’s game vs. Kingsville.

“Essex is undefeated,” said Silvaggio. “We hung with them.”

Silvaggio said that they haven’t been able to put a full game together as of yet. He pointed out Kingsville’s 30-point third quarter sunk the Lady Gens in Thursday’s game. He said the coaches draw up plays in time-outs but those plays sometimes don’t get carried out.

“It gets frustrating,” said Silvaggio. “We call a time-out, we diagram something and they don’t go out and do what we just diagramed.”

The Lady Gens need to do a better job running their offense, he added. The Lady Gens spread out their offense in the first half but collapsed in during the second half and eliminated their passing lanes.

Kingsville was given credit for a strong third quarter, as they hit seven three-point shots, but Silvaggio said the Lady Gens shouldn’t have given up that many.

“We started chasing on defense instead of playing defense,” he said.

There are aspects of their game that still need work, continued Silvaggio, and hopes things will improve by the end of the year. He was encouraged that they have seen the best “AA” school in the area and have played well except for one quarter in each game.

Lexi Dodds and Taja Holmes had six points each against Kingsville.

General Amherst has a pair of road games this week. They played at Villanova at 4 p.m. Tuesday then play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Holy Names.

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