The Galesburg High School girls basketball team battled with Moline on Thursday night in a Western Big 6 contest at Wharton Field House and the Silver Streaks pulled out a 58-49 victory over the Maroons.
“Credit to them. They kept us off the free throw line in the first half,” Galesburg coach Evan Massey said. “For us, that’s a big part of our game. They did a good job defensively and we struggled. We have got to get things figured out on defense. We have not impacted games as much defensively.
“I thought we were pretty focused,” he added. “We struggled offensively, but we kept focused on what we wanted to get done.”
Galesburg got to the charity stripe just once in the first half with 6:25 left in the second quarter when Chloe Anderson missed a free throw after scoring the Streaks’ first basket in the second.
The Streaks went 8-for-19 from the charity stripe in the game.
“Our kids battled and showed a lot of heart,” Moline coach Steve Ford said. “The second half Galesburg hit more shots and hit them at the right times. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the W and take advantage of our opportunities late.
"We just have to find a way to win.”
The game was a tale of two halves with Moline (7-16, 2-4) controlling most of the first half and Galesburg (14-6, 4-2) controlling most of the second half.
The Maroons went 11-for-28 from the floor (39 percent) in the first half and shot 35 percent from the floor in the second half (6-for-17).
The Streaks shot 26 percent from the field (9-for-34) in the first 16 minutes and went 12-for-32 (37.5 percent) from the floor in the second half.
Galesburg opened up the first quarter with a 5-0 run, but the Maroons answered with their own 5-0 run and held an 11-9 lead over the Streaks after the first.
Moline’s Jordan de los Reyes scored eight of her 17 points in the second quarter for a 28-22 Maroons lead at halftime.
“In the first half, we couldn’t score on stuff we practice, so we did stuff we don’t practice,” Massey said. “We took a lot of ill advised shots.”
Galesburg came out of the locker room fired up to open the third quarter and went on an 8-0 run.
Jessica Lieber, who finished with a game-high 22 points, drained two straight 3-pointers after a Sharron Diggins bucket and the Streaks had a 30-28 lead over the Maroons with 6:57 left in the third.
The Maroons were able to only get six shots off — making four — in the third due to Galesburg’s defense forcing Moline into committing 11 turnovers. The Maroons had 25 turnovers in the game, while the Streaks had 14.
The Streaks outscored the Maroons 18-9 in the third and Galesburg held a 40-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Morgan Gerard, who finished with 17 points, drained a 3-pointer for the Maroons to open up the fourth and Moline held the lead until 3:06 left in the game when Dani Teel scored a bucket for the Streaks. de los Reyes hit two free throws to tie the game at 48-all with 2:56 left.
Lieber was called for a technical foul with 1:42 left in the game and de los Reyes made her second shot from the charity stripe for a 49-48 Maroons lead over the Streaks. However, Moline went cold and didn’t score again.
“That was tough,” Ford said. “I thought we had a couple of shots there that we needed to take it to the rim and didn’t.”
Diggins finished with 12 points.