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Strong middle quarters lift Eagles over Spartans in CVC Lake win

Feb. 1—CONNEAUT — The Geneva Eagles dominated the second and third quarters to pull away from the Conneaut Spartans for a 67-41 victory Wednesday night in Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division girls basketball action.

Senior Brooke Richmond led the Eagles with 19 points and classmate Delaney Marrison had 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Junior Emily Buck scored 16 points while shooting 8-for-9 from the field and senior Moharrah Jackson chipped in with 10.

Richmond caught fire in the third quarter, and made five consecutive shots including three three-pointers.

"We had a speech at halftime that we talked about how the third quarter wins the game," Richmond said. "We were executing our plays, and our point guards do a great job at looking and

creating my shot and we executed well. It was a big CVC matchup and we came prepared."

The Eagles improved to 14-3 on the season and 7-3 in the CVC Lake Division. Conneaut dropped to 8-10 and 4-7 in the CVC.

The Spartans held a 15-14 lead late in the first quarter and 19-18 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

But Geneva finished the first half by scoring 13 consecutive points to head into the locker room with a 31-19 advantage.

Conneaut closed the gap to within nine points at 36-27 early in the third quarter, but the Eagles outscored Conneaut 16-3 to take a 52-30 lead into the fourth quarter.

"Our first quarter wasn't obviously the best, so I talked with the girls and said we have to execute our game plan and I think we went away from that in the first quarter," Geneva coach Emily Vossers said.

"I talked to the girls and they pulled it together and they had a great second quarter."

Vossers said Richmond and Marrison heated up in the third quarter, and the Eagles moved the ball well getting many players involved, including

Buck.

"I think it's really good to see when the assists are going and making their shots, that's when good things happen," Vossers said. "Our guards were starting to find some chemistry with Emily. ... I think we did a great job looking for her and utilizing her today."

Vossers said the win was important for the Eagles as they start to gear up for the tournament.

"I think this is great for a conference win, but also just going into the postseason," the coach said. "I think just having this momentum and I'm trying to get everything to click at the right time, so I think it's good to see all the girls contributing at a perfect time in the season."

Sophomore Alexis Kiser had 13 points to lead the Spartans. Senior Kayla Farley and junior Bella Fix each added eight points. Fix also grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

Conneaut coach Jayson Aponte said Kiser played very aggressive against the Eagles.

"We want to get

her about 10 shots a game and today she took it and played really, really good," Aponte said.

"If we could have matched the inside with the outside, we would have been really good."

Geneva made 28 of 61 shots (45.9%) and converted four 3-pointers, while Conneaut shot 15-for-53 (28.3%) from the field and made four 3-pointers.

At the free-throw

line, the Eagles made 6 of 8 (75%), while the Spartans shot 7-for-14 (50%).

Aponte said the Eagles rebounded more effectively and outhustled the Spartans.

"I don't think we played that bad offensively, but when you're giving the other team two or three shots every time, it was a rough game and we didn't match their intensity," Aponte said.

NEXT GAMES

Bothe teams are at home on Saturday.

Geneva goes against Lakeside, while Conneaut will play Madison.