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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Streaks Go Down

From Register Mail

The Galesburg High School girls basketball season came to an end Monday evening with a 79-52  loss at the hands of Peoria Richwoods in the Class 3A Sectional at Thiel Gym. With the loss, the Silver Streaks finish the season at 27-6 while the Knights move to Thursday’s championship against Morton at 27-3.
The Streaks got off on the right foot when Jessica Lieber nailed a long 3-pointer on their first possession in the opening seconds of the game. Unfortunately, that’s the only field goal Galesburg would put on the board in the next 10 minutes. 
The Knights ran off 26 unanswered points for a 23-3 lead at the quarter and 26-3 early in the second period.
“That first quarter was the difference,” said GHS coach Evan Massey.
“We had nothing offensively in the first quarter. Once we got into a rythym, we got some shots but couldn’t put them in.”
The Streaks committed nine of their 18 turnovers in the first eight minutes.
The Streaks finished the game hitting just 5 of 25 shots from beyond the arc. 
While the Silver Streaks were relying mostly on the 3-pointer, Richwoods was going inside. Junior Brenna Detra, with a variety of driving layups and short jumpers, poured in 26 while the Knights 6-1 senior post Brenna Baker added 20.
“We had a couple of bad physical matchups against them,” said Massey. “Detra with her quickness  and speed and Baker with her size were too much for us to handle.”
The Knights built their lead to 39-16 at the break. In the third quarter, the Streaks tried to mount a comeback as Paige Klinck hit back-to-back threes but Richwoods countered with a run of its own for a 63-37 advantage heading into the final stanza.
The fourth quarter had no flow as there seemed to be a least one whistle on every possession.The Knights maintained their big lead going 8 of 10 from the charity stripe while also getting four field goals.
With just over two minutes to play and the issue no longer in doubt, coach Massey substituted individually for his three seniors.  As each came to the bench they got a standing ovation from the Silver Streaks faithful. 
“Each of the seniors, in their own way, were tremendous leaders for us,” said Massey. “Sadee (Hamilton) as a scorer and ball handler was the backbone of what we were trying to do. Myra (Diggins) was just a great competitor setting a great example of the rest of the team and Paige (Klinck) was an inspiration to her teammates with her unselfish play.”
Hamilton led the Streaks in her final game with 17 points. The only other player in double figures for the Streaks was Lieber, who finished with 10.  The junior had only a pair of field goals to go with four free throws as she was hounded all over the floor by the Richwoods defense.
The Knights ended with four players in double figures. Joining Detra and Baker were Asyia Williams with 14 and Maddie Pierce with 11.
“It was a great season,” said Massey. “No one thought we’d win as many games as we did or capture a regional title but the players continued to believe and never gave up.”
Morton 52, Ottawa 25
Morton outscored Ottawa 21-6 in the first quarter and led 36-13 at the break in a Class 3A Galesburg Sectional win Monday.
The 30-2 Potters held the Pirates to single-digit scoring in all four quarters while advancing to Thursday’s championship against Richwoods.
Sarah Livingston led Morton with 16 points and Courtney Allenbaugh chipped in 15.
Ottawa finished the season 21-7.

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