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Geneva downs South for seventh straight win

Jan. 9—GENEVA — A blistering start by the Geneva girls basketball team led to a 64-35 victory over Willoughby South on Monday evening.

"We just wanted to try to come out with a lot of energy to start the game," Eagles coach Emily Vossers said. "It [the game] was different from our normal scorers.

Vossers said the team had some great steals that led to offense for the Eagles.

Geneva captured its seventh straight win.

The Eagles had eight players score against South, paced

by Emily Buck with 14 points.

Lexie Besco and Moharrah Jackson also reached double digits with 11 points each.

"It was great," Vossers said. "We had a lot of people contribute. We had a lot of easy baskets."

Brooke Richmond and Delaney Marrison, the two players who usually lead

the Eagles in scoring, tallied nine and eight points, respectively.

Buck also grabbed eight rebounds, Jackson recorded nine assists and Marrison chipped in with five rebounds, four steals and nine assists.

Geneva jumped out to a 20-2 first-quarter lead. The Rebels won the second quarter 19-13, but still trailed 33-21 at halftime.

The third quarter saw the Eagles continue to increase their lead at 52-31 with a 19-10 advantage. The pattern continued in the fourth quarter as South scoring just four points.

Sydney Isabella led South with 14 points.

Geneva is 9-2, having lost two games by four points each, to Chagrin Valley Division Lake Division rivals Madison (52-48 on Dec. 8) and Edgewood (54-50 on Dec. 5) early in the season.

"The key to the 9-2 start

has definitely been the culture we are trying to create,"

Vossers said. "The girls are showing up to practice every day with a hunger to get better.

"They are starting to all click with each other and have learned the different ways they can impact the team."

The winning streak started after the Edgewood loss.

"I told them to remember the feeling of losing to them while sitting in the locker room and to transfer it into energy," Vossers said. "The girls don't want to have that feeling again and are doing everything they can to prepare to win against every team they play for the remainder of the season."

Among the key wins thus far have been against Chardon 53-46 on Dec. 23, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 51-35 on Dec. 29 and Perry 44-34 last Friday.

The Eagles still have to go against Madison and Edgewood again, both at home.

Geneva plays Madison on Saturday and Edgewood on Jan. 24.

"We need to continue to improve our ability to play four full quarters," Vossers said. "We are working on starting the game strong and having no drop off and keeping our foot on the pedal throughout the entire game."

The Eagles are scheduled to play at Jefferson on Wednesday night.