Geneva delivers knockout punch to Sycamore

 
 
Updated 12/5/2019 9:57 PM

Geneva's revenge tour continued Thursday night.

Already with a win over a Belvidere North team that defeated them last year, the Vikings got their chance to pay back Sycamore for a 61-53 defeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

They did that in a big way, scoring the first 9 points, then breaking open a 10-point halftime lead with a 29-point third quarter on the way to a 72-44 victory.

"They were amped up," Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. "They got us last year, don't think we didn't talk about that all week. I think our kids responded well.

"Our kids know who got us and know when it's a big game and we're responding pretty well right now."

Sycamore (4-3) couldn't have started the game much worse against Geneva's full-court press. After missing a point-blank shot on its first possession, the Spartans went steal, travel, travel, step out of bounds, and two more steals before they finally got a shot off.

Spartans coach Adam Wickness called two timeouts in the first four minutes -- and four timeouts in the first 17 -- but they didn't do much to slow the Vikings.

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"I think our press really created some big problems for them," Geneva junior guard Kate Palmer said.

Palmer said the Vikings (6-0) also were excited to play against Sycamore star Kylie Feuerbach, a senior headed to Iowa State. Feuerbach finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds, and Faith Feuerbach added 11 points with three 3-pointers, but the Vikings didn't make it easy.

"It was a fun experience," Palmer said. "We knew she was going to come in ready to play. We kind of wanted to limit her, she still got 25 points, but I think we did a good job. Overall our team defense was great."

Geneva forced 10 turnovers in both the first and second quarters, building leads of 24-12 after one quarter and 34-24 at halftime.

The Vikings weren't happy about allowing the final six points of the first half and responded with a quick 3-pointer by Zosia Wrobel and Palmer's layup to start the third quarter.

Leading 45-29, Geneva iced the game with a 17-0 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Lindsay Blackmore and a variety of baskets from Palmer, who scored 18 of her team-high 24 points in the third quarter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I loved the start but I am more satisfied with the third quarter," Meadows said. "We let them back in in the first half and we talked about that at halftime. You can't do that against a good team, and they are a good team. We did not want to leave that door cracked at all, we wanted to close it, and I thought in the third quarter our kids answered that challenge."

Wrobel and Blackmore joined Palmer in double figures with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Point guard Grace Hinchman hustled for 7 rebounds and 5 steals, and Blackmore also grabbed 7 rebounds.

Kylie and Faith Feuerbach combined for 36 of the Spartans' 44 points.

"We turned the ball over way too many times," Spartans coach Adam Wickness said. "You give a team like Geneva 20 extra possessions in a half, they are going to take it to you."

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