Two young girls basketball teams looking to get back in the win column after tough losses locked horns on Saturday afternoon. As it turned out, there was seemingly as much intrigue off the court as on it.|
United Township defeated the Geneseo Maple Leafs 41-21 at the United Township girls gym in a nonconferencegame that featured its share of drama.
Geneseo coach Scott Hardison received a technical foul late in the third quarter after watching his girls get knocked around by the Panthers.
"It was a very physical game and we struggled a little bit," Hardison said. "I got upset because a couple of my girls got hurt. I will defend my girls every chance I get. I had three girls bloodied and I was just defending my girls."
After the game, UT coach Justin Shiltz exchanged words with Leafs assistant John Wagner.
"Both teams were a little frustrated," Shiltz said. "Obviously they were losing a little bit and it's not fun when you're down. I've been there before and you feel like you're getting some tough calls. But I feel like both teams were getting some tough calls. That's basketball, you have to learn to play through it."
UT (5-4, 1-1 in the Big 6) was coming off a loss against Rock Island and the inconsistent shooting that hurt the Panthers on Thursday carried over into Saturday's contest.
"We persevered through some stretches where we didn't play well," Shiltz said. "We found a way to win in somewhat of an ugly game. You can always play defense."
Geneseo played for the second time in as many days, coming in off a 38-27 loss to Sterling on Friday. Against UT, Jamie DeFauw was 4-for-9 from the floor, leading the Leafs scoring with 10 points.
"We're playing much better," Hardison said. "This was the first game where we had 32 minutes of effort from everybody on the court and that's what we want. We want to make sure we have effort every time we step on the floor and we did today. That's a step in the right direction."
Tayler Dobrinske led the Panthers with 13 points off the bench. ShaTavia Lowery had eight points and Jen VanWatermuelen chipped in seven points.
"She (Dobrinske) is a heady kid and can shoot the basketball," said Shiltz of the sophomore guard. "This was our third game of the week and I think we were a little heavy-legged at times. I think that showed in our shooting, especially at the free-throw line (18-for-33).We're kind of anxious to get back into the practice gym and correct some of the things we're not doing very well."
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