Strong finish pushes Lady Gens past rival Wildcats

 

Lady Gens-WildcatsCutliine: Robin Kellam sacrifices her to body to wrestle the ball away from a Villanova defender.

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens showed why they deserved to play in the coveted Homecoming Game.

The Lady Gens exploded for 20 fourth quarter points to defeat long-time rival Villanova 43-30 Thursday evening at General Amherst.

Just like she did a few weeks prior, Kayla Daguerre was a major factor in their fourth quarter push, scoring 11 of her team high 17 points in the final frame.

“A lot of the fourth quarter had to do with Kayla, she decided to finally shoot the ball,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio.

Along with Daguerre’s fourth quarter performance, the Lady Gens turned in another stellar defensive showing, holding the Wildcats to only seven fourth quarter points.

“We are very good on the defensive end,” said Silvaggio. “I couldn’t be happier about the way the girls played.”

Amherst jumped out to an 8-4 first quarter lead and held on a 17-13 lead at halftime.

Villanova made up the four-point difference and went into the final frame tied 23-23.

The Lady Gens’ pressure defense forced Villanova into four quick turnovers as Amherst gave themselves a little wiggle room.

Down the stretch, Daguerre hit a big three with 5:21 left to extend their lead to eight and drained two clutch free throws with 1:37 left to play to put the Lady Gens up 39-30.

Three more Lady Gen points gave them a 43-30 win.

“Coming into the fourth quarter tied I knew we needed to start the quarter strong and I felt like I needed to contribute more,” said Daguerre.

Daguerre admits she hesitate to shoot because if she misses a few shots she loses confidence in her shot, however took different approach in the fourth quarter.

“I just shook off those misses and began hitting my shots so I kept going with it,” she said.

After losing two games to Villanova earlier in the season and in tournaments, Daguerre said picking up this win was important to them.

“It’s a big win for Amherst because they are such a huge rival and as a team we know we are capable of beating them,” she said. “When we lost to them twice it was hard on us. We wanted to come back and get this win.”

Aleah Marton finished with 11 points while Jaylin VandeBovenkamp pitched in with six points and Dani Leroux popped in four of her own.

The Lady Gens take on the St. Anne Saints this Wednesday at St. Anne’s.

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