When you’re the one leading the pack — or in this case, the “PAC” — your opponents will sometimes vary from their normal routines in order to disrupt you.
South tried it on Geneva with a fullcourt press. But although it did have some success, it wasn’t nearly enough to knock the Eagles from the undefeated ranks, as they posted a 58-41 road win.
“Everybody we talked to said they just hunkered down in the zone, so I was a little bit surprised when they came out in the press the whole time,” Geneva coach Nancy Barbo said after Wednesday’s game.
Nevertheless, Geneva (8-0, 5-0 in the Premier Athletic Conference) scored the final 10 points of the first half, and extended it to a 12-point run to turn a 20-13 advantage into one of 32-13. The lead varied between 13 and 19 points the rest of the way.
Lindsey Mayle tallied the final eight points of the half with a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws.
Mayle led all scorers with 19 points, with 13 coming in the first half, including all three of her triples. She added four steals and two blocked shots. Sarah Depp added 14 points including two treys, with four thefts. Becky Depp contributed 11 points, and led everyone on the floor in rebounds (9), assists (5) and steals (5).
“Sarah Depp had an excellent game at both ends of the floor,” Barbo said. “She was scrapping, she was energetic. I thought she did a great job for us.”
Mo Stohlman led the Rebels (1-6, 1-4) with 12 points. Lauren Blasinsky added nine and Mikayla Menn (3 blocks) eight for South. Teammate Kayla Zarbock had eight caroms.
Blasinsky had to be carried off the court after injuring her leg near the end of the third quarter, and did not return.
The Eagles led on the boards by a 45-28 count and went 13-of-15 from the foul line as compared to four-of-six for South.
Natalie Thomas had eight boards for the Eagles.
“In bits and pieces we’re putting it together,” Barbo said. “I think tonight South exposed some things that we know new need to work on. And all we can do is work on them so we can get better.”
Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.