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In tourney, Lake, Genoa girls could meet for third time
What does that mean? That means Lake and Genoa could face each other in the sectional final at 6:15 at Bowsher on Feb. 27. It would be the third meeting this year between the two teams this season. If Genoa can pull of a win this upcoming Thursday in key Suburban Lakes League match-up, the tournament game would be the rubber match.
Ottawa Hills plays the Rossford-Cardinal Stritch (Feb. 23, 8 p.m. at Bowsher) on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., also at Bowsher. Lake would not run into Ottawa Hills until the district final Mar. 6 at Anthony Wayne (7 p.m.). That doesn’t mean Lake coach Denny Meyer is not concerned about the Green Bears.
“They are a very good team. They have the one loss, and I think that’s why we got the No. 1 seed, but I think that could have gone either way as far as them getting the No. 1 seed because they are very good team,” Meyer said.
Lake has two SLL games remaining besides Genoa — Gibsonburg (rescheduled for Feb. 20) and Eastwood. Gibsonburg got its first league win over Eastwood two weeks ago, and both Meyer and Genoa coach Tom Kontak say the Golden Bears are improving and could be dangerous for either team.
Genoa also has a contest with Gibsonburg remaining, and both teams are going to be playing on a regular basis leading up to the tournaments because of make-up games.
“It’s going to be bang-bang, but at this time of the year we’d rather be playing significant games. It sure beats nothing to play for,” Kontak said.
Lake had a game last Friday night at Eastwood, Saturday afternoon at Rossford, and on Monday, Feb. 15 at home against Clyde.
Meyer says high pressure games help them for tournament time. He and his players feel a sold out game against Lake late in the season last year definitely prepared his team.
“They love it,” Meyer said. “With us being able to do it last year, it really helps because at their place we had over 1,000, and at our place we played in front of 1,800, and then when we played Riverdale and Liberty-Benton in the tournament we had about 1,800 at each of those. That’s what we really liked last year because we think that helped us against Riverdale and Liberty-Benton.”
Kontak feels the same way. `Genoa was to play Division I Springfield (11-5) Saturday, which Kontak says was added to the schedule for the same reason — to prepare for the upcoming tournament.
“We’ve been fortunate to be playing important games late in the year, which is the goal. Hopefully this will be another one,” Kontak said.
Heading into the tourney, Lake (10-1) was the No. 1 seed, followed by Gibsonburg (9-2), Eastwood (6-5), Otsego (6-5), Genoa (5-5), Woodmore (3-9), and Elmwood (0-11). In the first round, Gibsonburg defeated Elmwood, Eastwood defeated Woodmore, Otsego defeated Genoa, and Lake had a bye. On Feb. 13, Lake was to play Otsego and Gibsonburg to play Elmwood in the semifinals.