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Ottawa’s Lindsey Greene tries to dribble past Geneseo’s Anna Wise during the Lady Pirates’ 51-42 victory Friday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in Ottawa. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
The Ottawa girls basketball team led from start to finish Friday to move to 2-0 in Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division play with a 51-42 win over Geneseo.
Jasmine Bailey hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help Ottawa to an 8-4 lead. Moments later, she hit another to push the lead to 11-6.
Cassidy Rice picked up the steal and layup to help the Lady Pirates a 15-8 lead after the first eight minutes.
Both offenses were slow moving to start the second quarter.
Jamie DeFauw had five blocks in the quarter along with four points, but Rice helped the Lady Pirates keep the Maple Leafs at bay with eight points and a pair of steals in the quarter.
“Bailey had a nice start to the game,” said Lady Pirate coach Mike Cooper, whose team led 26-19 at halftime. “Then Cassidy Rice just had a nice game. Not sure how many steals she had, but she was a ton tonight.”
Geneseo’s Molly DeBrock was aggressive and driving to the basket to start the third, and she converted a layup.
But on her next drive, her shot was blocked.
Bailey got the rebound and fired ahead to Rice who converted an old-fashioned three-point play which gave the Lady Pirates a 34-25 lead.
Anna Wise started the fourth quarter immediately with a layup to get the Maple Leafs within two points at 36-34.
The Lady Pirates answered with Rice getting a stickback followed by a nice drive and layup for a 44-39 lead.
“We knew we had to step up big tonight if we wanted to compete for the conference championship,” Rice said. “Our defense really stepped up, also. We were aggressive and stuck our arms out there and got some steals to help get the win.”
Rice led all scorers with 20 points followed by Bailey with 11. Rice also had eight rebounds and five steals on the night.