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Knights slip past Herons in season-opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

The William Smith College basketball opened its season this afternoon against SUNY Geneseo in Bristol Gymnasium, falling to the Knights 73-56 in a nonconference matchup. The Herons fall to 0-1 on the season while Geneseo moves to 2-1.

Senior Brooke Jarvis led the Herons with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Mara Bledsoe chipped in nine points and two rebounds while graduate student Kerstin Kelly and first-year Miranda Martin added six points each in the loss.

TEAM TOTALS

  • Rebounds: Geneseo 41, William Smith 30
  • Assists: Geneseo 17, William Smith 16
  • Turnovers: William Smith 21, Geneseo 13
  • Steals: Geneseo 12, William Smith 9
  • Blocked Shots: William Smith 2, Geneseo 1

HERON STAT LEADERS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Knights came out strong in the opening quarter, going on a 5-0 run to start the game. The teams would trade points before a Kerstin Kelly three-pointer and a Maddie Patrick layup gave the Herons their first lead of the game.
  • After continuing to trade the early points, Kelly hit another three to give William Smith a five-point lead with two minutes remaining in the first. Geneseo responded with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 21-21 heading into the second.
  • The Knights grabbed the momentum late in the second quarter going on a 6-2 run to grab a 34-30 lead heading to halftime.
  • Geneseo produced its best quarter coming out of halftime as they scored 17 points while holding William Smith to only seven. The Knights went 7-for-15 from the floor as the Herons went 2-for-15.
  • William Smith continued to play aggressively, forcing Geneseo to foul several times. The Herons shot 76.9% from the free throw line to keep them in the game including two from first-year McKeyla Badilla Chaves who shot 100% from the line.
  • Down 14 heading into the final 10 minutes, William Smith looked for a spark to cut into the Knights lead. The Herons shot 7-for-17 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Brooke Jarvis recorded 14 of her 18 points in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t stop Geneseo down the stretch.
  • The Knights went on an 8-2 run to end the game on top 73-56, handing the Herons their first loss of the season.

COACHES CORNER

” I loved our intensity and resilience in the first half,” said Head Coach Lindsay Sharman. “I thought we did a great job of “punching back” when we got down. Geneseo picked up their intensity defensively in the second half and I think we struggled to adjust. There were a lot of things to learn, and it will only make us better!”

UP NEXT

William Smith will head to Brockport to participate in the 58 Main Classic Nov. 17-18. The Herons will take on Fredonia on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a matchup with the host Golden Eagles on Saturday at 3 p.m.