The Press Newspaper
Genoa's home game against fellow unbeaten Lake figures to be one of the biggest Suburban Lakes League girls basketball games in years.
The game, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 10, was postponed because of weather. The game will be played Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Genoa. The junior varsity game begins at 6 p.m.
"It's going to be a great atmosphere," first-year Lake coach Denny Meyer said. "We've told our people to get over there early. This is going to be fun. I came from Oak Harbor, and people all over are asking me when the makeup game is so they can try to be there."
Genoa coach Tom Kontak, a 1980 Lake graduate who has guided the Comets to the last two SLL titles, said his team is also looking forward to the matchup with the Flyers.
Lake was the coaches' preseason pick to win the league, while Genoa was picked third.
"We have great respect for Lake," Kontak said. "A year a ago (former coach) Dick Fox started and got them on a roll. They had a lot of success last year when Dick Fox came on board and they've come on from there. It's a big game and we're very much looking forward to it."
Genoa (13-0, 9-0), which travels to Eastwood on Saturday, defeated the Flyers twice last season, by scores of 50-46 and 59-35.
Lake (14-0, 9-0), which traveled to Elmwood on Thursday, is led by sophomore guard Kaysie Brittenham, who averages 11 points a game. Sophomore guard Jessica Abbey averages 10.2 points and senior guard Rebekah Will averages 9.7.
Lake's top rebounder is Lauren Lind, at 6.2 boards per game.
The Flyers are shooting 43 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line, and their defense forces 31 turnovers a game. Opponents are shooting under 30 percent from the field.
"Defense was something I really wanted to preach when I came in," Meyer said. "We do a lot of trapping and we have girls who are athletic and quick, with long arms."
Genoa also prides itself on defense behind a difficult-to-attack half-court trap. Offensively, the Comets are led by senior point guard Simone Eli, who leads the team in scoring 22.9 (ppg.) and assists (3.8).
Sophomore post Jessica Feller averages 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, senior guard Courtney Mowery averages 7.8 points and 6.1 rebounds and sophomore post Alyssa Meis averages a team-high 7.7 rebounds.
"Like all of our SLL games, we consider this a very big game," Kontak said. "This is what Genoa plays for, what we get excited for. We've been fortunate to play in some really big games over the past few years and this is what high school is all about."
Kontak and Meyer both know the Feb. 4 match-up isn't a do-or-die situation because the teams play each other less than two weeks later at Lake.
"Both teams know if you lose, you are going to get another shot 13 days later," Meyer said. "The (losing) team will still have a shot to be co-champs. We've talked about going out and playing our game. We're a good team and if we do what we need to do, we'll be fine."