Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Streaks over J'ville
The Jacksonville High girls took Galesburg to overtime Saturday evening at the 10th Annual Country Financial Prep Showcase at Illinois College. But not one inch further.
The Silver Streaks hit four of five shots, including three 3-pointers, and outscored the Crimsons 13-0 in the extra four minutes and rolled to a 79-66 victory.
Jacksonville (7-7) led by as many as 10 points as late as the middle of the third quarter, but playing only six regulars against a Galesburg team that kept substituting five-for-five all game long eventually caught up with the Crimsons.
Jacksonville committed 41 turnovers Saturday — 27 of them after halftime, compared to only seven by the Streaks (8-5) over the same length of time.
“I was very proud of the girls’ efforts,” said JHS head coach Jeannette Barlow. “I thought we executed everything we wanted to execute and that’s the reason why we were in the game. But then in the middle of the fourth quarter, things just kinda started going crazy on us. We were throwing the ball around a little bit. We lost our composure.”
The turnovers started happening long before then. Jacksonville committed 13 turnovers in the third quarter alone, but managed to stay at least two or three possessions ahead of Galesburg thanks to shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in that period.
Junior Jaelyn Keene led the Crimsons with 23 points and 17 rebounds, while freshman guard Olivia Kaufmann poured in 22 more points. But their efforts eventually sank under a wave of JHS turnovers and Galesburg’s 3-point shooting, which warmed up considerably in the fourth quarter and the overtime. Seven of Galesburg’s 15 3-pointers (15-of-46) in the contest came after the end of the third quarter.
“We always tell the girls to keep shooting, keep shooting, they’ll fall, they’ll fall,” said Streaks assistant coach Andie Allison. “If we don’t do that, if we pass up open shots, then we’ll turn the ball over. We did hit some big ones down the stretch.”
Streaks guard Haley Kelso led her team with 19 points. She hit two of her six treys in the fourth quarter, including one with 7 seconds to go to put Galesburg ahead 66-65.
Jacksonville had 3.2 seconds to inbound the ball from the far end of the court. Senior guard Cydny Saxer’s long inbounds pass went off a Galesburg player’s fingertips and out of bounds under the Crimsons net with 0.8 ticks to play. Keene got clobbered by the Streaks defense on the next inbounds, then went to the line with a chance to tie or win the game in the double bonus.
Keene missed her first shot, but made her second.
Jacksonville had a chance to take the lead in overtime, but missed a pair of early layup attempts before the Streaks exploded.
“We definitely lost our composure going into the overtime,” said Barlow.
Said Allison: “Toward the end, I think their girls kinda got tired and ours were able to stick it out.”
Sharron Diggins and Jessica Lieber added 17 and 15 points, respectively, for Galesburg, which snapped a four-game losing skid with the win.
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