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Girls Basketball: Geneva Beats Batavia in Thriller 60-56

In a game that sees 12 lead changes, the Vikings come from behind to beat the Bulldogs 60-56.

The Geneva Vikings girls basketball team squeaked past Batavia 60-56 in a come-from-behind thriller Friday night at Geneva.

Eight fourth-quarter points by Geneva's Abby Novak held off a 9-point fourth quarter by Batavia's Liza Fruendt, who had a brilliant game and finished with 26 points for the Bulldogs.

In a fast-paced, high-scoring first quarter, Batavia sprinted to a 17-14 lead on the strength of 9 points by Fruendt and 8 by Sami Villarreal. Morgan Seberger scored 5 and Sami Pawlak 4 for the Vikings in the first quarter.

In the second, the Vikings got off to a good start and Sidney Santos gave Geneva an 18-17 lead with 6:32 showing. But the third killer three-pointer by Fruendt helped Batavia to a 24-20 advantage, and a basket and free throw by Bethany Orman made it 27-23.

Geneva clawed back to take the lead late in the third, but another 3-pointer by Orman gave the Bulldogs a 42-41 lead at the buzzer.

Both teams traded leads to start the fourth quarter. 

Fruendt scored a step-back 3-pointer that tied the game at 52 late in the fourth period, but Novak came right back with an offensive rebound and put-back, and Morgan Seberger put down two free throws. A defensive stop gave Geneva the ball and a 56-52 lead with 1:19 left.

Fruendt added two free throws with 19 seconds left to cut the lead to 58-56, but the Vikings were able to make the inbound pass and added a free throw each by Seberger and Sami Pawlak for the 60-56 final.

Score by Quarters

  • Geneva 14-11-16-19 — 60
  • Batavia 17-12-13-14 — 56

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