Annawan girls pound Leafs to win title

Posted Online: Nov. 17, 2012, 11:00 pm
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By Anthony Sandoval,
GENESEO-- When teammates communicate, it can make a team even more dangerous. For the Annawan Bravettes, communication led to a dominant win to capture the championship of the Temple's Tip-Off Classic.

Annawan defeated Geneseo 48-15 in the final game of the girls' basketball classic that was hosted by Orion and Geneseo.

Annawan (4-0) was in charge of the game from the opening tip, jumping out to a 9-0 lead before the Leafs (2-2) scored.

"I saw what they were doing in the summer," Annawan coach Jason Burkiewicz said. "I told them I wasn't going to wait for answers. I wanted them by the first tournament. They took that to heart and have been working really hard the last two weeks getting ready for the season."

It is not surprising that junior center Celina VanHyfte led the Bravettes in scoring for the game.VanHyfte scored 15 points in the game after having a 28-point performance earlier in the day against Chicago Raby.

"We always look to Celina because she can put it in no matter what," Foes said. "We all spread out and whoever has the open shot takes it."

It was the communication that was getting everyone open so that they didn't rely as much on VanHyfte.

"We got really excited before the game and learned to communicate better as the game went on," Foes said after scoring nine points in the game, all in the third quarter. "That helped us out a lot and we shared the ball equally, because it spread us out for open shots."

Communication is what Burkiewicz stressed in the offseason.

"That's been my big focus, trying to get these girls talking to one another," Burkiewicz said. "We need to embrace the theory that everyone is a part of this team. Everybody has to chip in."

The Annawan offense was spread out so much that Geneseo had to switch its defensive formation from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone.

"We aren't accustomed to a 2-3 zone, but we had to go to it," Geneseo coach Scott Hardison said. "We had to get in the middle."

The Bravettes exit the tournament unbeaten on the season, but still look to make improvements.

"We're young compared to last year," Burkiewicz said. "We need to get some games under our belt and some of the younger girls need more confidence to get back to where we were last year."

Geneseo 46, Chicago Raby 41: Behind 13 points from Darci Dietrich, Geneseo upended Chicago Raby. The Maple Leafs got seven points each from Bailey Conard, Jaime DeFauw and Audrey Anderson in a game the Lady Leafs trailed 23-19 at the half. The hosts battled back in the third with a 13-6 edge and held on despite seven 3-pointers by Raby.

Chicago Raby 50, Orion 46: The Chargers fell to Chicago Raby despite Abby DeBaillie's four 3-pointers and 21 points on seven field goals. Cassidy Clark scored 12 with the help of a 6-for-8 game from the free throw line. Orion led 31-29 after three quarters, but were outscored 21-15 in the fourth.

Annawan 69, Chicago Raby 32: Celina VanHyfte scored 28 for the Bravettes and Megan Foes added 13. The Bravettes took a 27-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as Raby never scored more than nine points in a frame.

Orion 66, Rockridge 53: Cassidy Clark scored 26 points in leading three Orion players in double-digit scoring against their West Central Conference rivals. Abby DeBaillie added 14 for the Chargers and Katie Garrity added 12. Miranda Potter, who hit three 3-pointers, led the Rockets with 17 points. Orion outscored the Rockets in each frame, but never by more than five points.


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