For the Star Beacon
MADISON TOWNSHIP —
Execution wins games at both ends of the floor. Coaches teach it, players, if they do it well, come out on top, and when neighborhood rivals Madison and Geneva, both quality programs with high hopes this year, went at it Wednesday night, Geneva execution in the third period on offense led to a double-overtime win, 58-49.
Down 23-19 at the half and not shooting well or rebounding, the Eagles (4-0, 2-0 in Premier Athletic Conference) shot 7 of 10, including four 3-pointers, to take a 38-34 lead into the fourth period.
“We went to running set plays in the third period,” Geneva coach Nancy Barbo said. “We didn’t have much success with our normal offenses. We talked about it and worked on it in practice, but we’ve been having some issues with our offense.”
Keying the big third period for Geneva was freshman guard Lindsey Mayle, who hit for a pair of 3-pointers in the third period on her way to a 21-point night.
Natalie Thomas, who missed several close shots in the first half while going scoreless, picked up her defensive efforts in the second half and hit a trio of big foul shots in overtime to spark the Geneva rally.
“I couldn’t make a shot in the first half,” she said. “I just worked more on rebounding because I practice that a lot and want to help my team any way I can.”
She snared 10 boards for the game, and many of them were very important.
“We just had a horrible third period,” Madison coach Mike Smith said. “We just didn’t come out ready to play in the second half. We know what Geneva is going to do because Nancy always has her kids playing hard. We don’t have a big scorer, so we need to play as a team. It didn’t happen for us in the second half.
“We gave up seven 3-point baskets because we didn’t move out on their shooters.”
Mayle led the way for Geneva with her 21 points. Becky Depp added 13, including a pair of free shots with 1.4 ticks left tie the game after the first overtime at 49-49. Blue Streak Dana Appelfeller hit a short jumper in the lane with 31.7 seconds left for a short lead, but Depp sent it to a second extra session with her big shots.
Then the tank ran dry for Madison as it was shut out.
Julie Gavorski hit for 13 for the Blue Streaks, Abbie Trivisonno added 11 before fouling out late in the game, and Taylor Bland hit for 10.
Kelly is a freelance writer from Jefferson.