GENESEO — The first round of the sectional playoffs brought the Honeoye Bulldogs to Geneseo, and the Blue Devils won by the convincing score of 70-10.
Geneseo led 25-2 after the first quarter and did not give up the third and fourth points by the Bulldogs until there was 1:13 left in the first half. Senior guard Michayla Salatel led the Blue Devils with 21 points, five assists, and eight steals, leading all Geneseo players in those categories.
“She could score a lot more than she does,” Geneseo head coach Paul Hazard said of Salatel. “But she’s a great point guard and she makes everybody else better.”
The rest of the starting backcourt, which includes seniors Laura Olverd and Anna Miskell along with junior Hailey Hopper, combined for 26 points. But it was their defense (8 total steals) and efficiency (seven assists, one turnover combined) that proved to be the difference in the game early on.
“We have a really aggressive defense. And that’s because they play so hard, and they cover for each other.” Hazard said.
Geneseo (13-6) will play against Harley-Allendale-Columbia on Saturday in the second round of the sectional playoffs.
“we’ll have our hands full, but we will be ready,” Hazard said when asked about the matchup.