HOFFMAN ESTATES – Geneva's future postseason opponents have effectively been warned.
Defend well behind the arc, or risk the Vikings catching white hot.
Schaumburg was Geneva's first victim to be burned during Tuesday's Class 4A Schaumburg Regional semifinal in a 62-37 Vikings victory.
Geneva hit nine threes in the first quarter – four from Stephanie Hart – and the rout was already on with just about four minutes gone by in the game.
The Vikings combined to hit 11-of-19 threes in the first half, and was up by 30 with a quarter to go in the contest. It allowed the starters and key role players to rest the remaining eight minutes, and the bench to empty for some development.
"It's at the point in the season where we're all working well together and know where we are on the court," Hart said following her 17-point performance to lead all scorers. "Finding each other on the three-point line isn't hard to do for our team."
Margaret Whitley (10 points, three rebounds), Briana Borkowicz (nine points two rebounds), Madison Mallory (eight points, four rebounds) and Madeline Yelle (eight points, seven rebounds) all helped pace Geneva.
Ariana Doroskin had 11 points and five rebounds for the Saxons, while Kayla Patterson had eight points and two rebounds. Forward Talia Torosian chipped in six points in the effort.
Geneva came into Tuesday's game riding a nine-game winning streak – by an average margin of 33 points per game.
The Vikings are taking a simple approach to each new challenge.
"As a team, we're pretty good at taking it one game at a time," Hart said. "[If] anyone mentions anything past [the next game], we end the conversation. We keep it focused on one game at a time, and don't think about anything after."
With the win, Geneva set itself up for a date with Batavia for the third time this year in the regional final set for Thursday at 7 p.m. Geneva is 2-0 against the Bulldogs.
The regional tournament was originally scheduled to take place at Schaumburg, but an issue reportedly with the gym floor forced the games to be moved to nearby Conant a few hours before things kicked off. It remains to be seen where Thursday's game will be hosted.
Geneva (25-3) is the defending 4A state champion, and it played like one against a Schaumburg team (4-25) that had difficulty keeping pace with Geneva's arsenal of premier perimeter shooters, whether it be: Whitley, Borkowicz, Mallory or Hart all finding a groove.
Geneva coach Sarah Meadows wanted a statement game, and it's hard to argue with the result she asked for.
"[This team] knows what's at sake. They know if you lose, you go home," Meadows said. "We've got some big goals we want to get done, so they know what they need to do."