SYCAMORE – Kate Majerus and the Sycamore girls basketball team hit plenty of 3-pointers early to make sure they wouldn't need any more buzzer-beaters against Genoa-Kingston.
A year after winning on a last-second shot by Kylie Feuerbach, the Spartans scored the first 21 points on the way to a 44-19 win over the Cogs on Tuesday.
"We came in with that mentality that they were going to attack us and get revenge for a game that was right down to the wire last year," coach Adam Wickness said.
The Spartans (14-3) had four different players sink 3-pointers in the first quarter, including three for Majerus, who finished the quarter with nine points and the game with 15.
Last year, the Spartans won in Genoa behind a late 3 by Feuerbach.
"They lost a lot of good players but some of the girls returned, so we knew they were going to be hungry for another win," Majerus said. "Everyone just executed everything really well."
The Cogs (8-6) held the Spartans scoreless in the second until a 3 by Majerus with 1:11 left, but Sycamore held the Cogs without a field goal in the third and led 39-9 after three.
Sycamore outscored the Cogs 36-1 in the first and third quarters combined.
"We were really, really inconsistent which is really bad against a talented team," Genoa-Kingston Kyle Henkel said. "You have two quarters you score a combined one point, and give up (36) points in those same two quarters, it's not exactly a recipe for success."
Feuerbach scored six points and grabbed four rebounds and three steals in the win. Henkel said the defense the Cogs played on her was a bright spot – she shot 2 of 13.
"There are a couple good things we can pull from this game," Henkel said. "Sycamore's a good team. It's not like the only reason they won is because they played bad. We'll take some things that other teams do down the schedule that Sycamore does, and we're going to learn from it."
By the numbers: Taylor Gilbert scored nine and had six rebounds to lead the Cogs. Daley Duarte had six for the Spartans, while Jacki Rapp had eight rebounds and Faith Klemm had four steals.
Beyond the stats: Majerus, Feuerbach, Rapp and Klemm hit 3-pointers in the first quarter for Sycamore, which was six of 12 on 3s in the opening frame.
They said it: "We knew that one more pass would be there," Wickness said. "Making the extra pass to the open girl, if we caught it in rhythm we'd have a chance of knocking it down. We have so many girls that could knock down a 3 at any given moment, that's what makes us dangerous."
Up next: The Spartans hots Geneseo at 7 p.m. Thursday in Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game, while the Cogs host Hinckley-Big Rock at 7 p.m. Friday.