Geneva's big third quarter sinks Buffalo Grove
Geneva used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to break open its game against Buffalo Grove, winning 58-48 at Batavia's first MLK Conference Challenge.
"I love that run," Vikings coach Sarah Meadows said. "Our kids came out ready, the press got some steals and deflections, some putbacks and we scored off that and in our half-court offense and forced them to change defenses."
Lindsay Blackmore led the Vikings (13-5) with 22 points and Kate Palmer added 15 points and acknowledged that coming off a loss to Lake Park, the Vikings weren't satisfied with a 31-22 halftime lead.
"We definitely wanted to come out stronger in the third quarter and build that lead," Palmer said. "We knew we needed to win this after losing our last game. We had a bad couple of games where we didn't start well."
Buffalo Grove (13-9) struggled through some poor spurts of play, including late in the first quarter and especially to begin the second half.
"We were chasing after that absolute terrible start to the third quarter," Buffalo Grove coach Stephen Kolodziej said. "We lost them in transition. They like to push the ball and got some easy ones so they came out and smacked us pretty good."
Macy Floro led the Bison with 18 points and Kendra Lee chipped in with 16 points.
"We're competing to win our conference and we hope to win a regional and maybe a sectional," Kolidziej said. "To be the best you've got to play the best and this was a good opportunity to play them and we'll learn from this and move on."