MADISON—Madison claimed bragging rights—and a whole lot more—when it rallied back from a double-digit deficit to defeat visiting Geneva in a key Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division game on Tuesday, 52-48.
The visiting Eagles jumped out to a 34-19 halftime lead but the Blue Streaks made the plays in the second half to improve to 3-0 while handing Geneva its first loss of the season.
“Our first half was a little flat, but at halftime, we regrouped and said, ‘Let’s chip away,’” said Madison head coach Heather Reho. “And they did, they came out on a 16-0 run and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
In the third quarter alone, Madison outscored Geneva 18-6, with the only Geneva points coming off Brooke Richmond and Delaney Marrison 3-pointers.
The Blue Streaks then followed it up with a hard-fought 15-8 advantage in the final period to close the deal, collecting their third win in the first three games of the young season.
Leading the charge was senior Claire Wakim, who led the Blue Streaks with 26 points and drained three 3-pointers in the contest.
She may have been the leading scorer, but several players contributed to the comeback.
“Everyone contributed to the game, which was really good to see because that’s what we’ve been working towards,” Reho said.
Zoey Deligianis complemented Wakim’s efforts with 11 points, all coming in the second half. Alyssa Snider contributed to the win with nine points, Sydney Sorber added five, and Kaylee LaMarco finished with one point for the Blue Streaks.
Geneva’s Brooke Richmond came out of the gate on fire, wrapping up the first half with 15 points and five 3-pointers.
After Madison made some key defensive adjustments, Richmond was limited to just three second-half points.
“We moved some players around, and are still in man-to-man defense,” Reho said. “We put Claire on (Richmond).”
Richmond and Wakim dueled all evening, trading baskets with one another.
“I mean that’s what basketball is all about, the best going against the best,” Reho said. “It was really fun to see.”
Despite a 15-point halftime lead, the Eagles couldn’t keep the Blue Streaks at bay in the second half.
“Our game plan is always that the third quarter wins the game,” said Geneva head coach Emily Harriman. “I think this is a great learning experience for us.”
Harriman, a Geneva graduate, enjoyed her first Madison-Geneva rivalry game as a coach.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I’m especially excited for the next one. I think it’s going to be something we’ll remember.”
Despite the excitement for the next matchup between these two schools, the Eagles aren’t looking too far ahead.
“It’s one game at a time,” Harriman said. “We’ve got Edgewood on Friday, so we’re looking at that game, and focus on that next.”
While Geneva didn’t leave Madison with a win, Harriman was pleased with her team’s effort.
“Definitely in the first half, I saw energy and I thought we came out so very hot and on fire,” Harriman said.
Marrison added 11 points in the loss shooting 3-of-7 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free throw line. She also drained a 3-pointer.
The Eagles hit eight threes tonight, with Richmond leading the way with six.
“I thought our shooting looked really, really good today,” Harriman said. “We just got to put it together for four quarters.”
Richmond led the Eagles with 18 points, Marrison added 14, Moharrah Jackson scored eight, Addy Reese finished with three, Tahkyah Myers and Emily Buck each pitched in with two points, and Lexie Besco scored one.
Geneva dropped to 2-1 on the season
Both teams return to action on Friday, Dec. 8. Geneva will travel to Edgewood to face the Warriors while Madison travels to Lakeside for a bout with the Dragons.