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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Register Mail- Streak over Alleman

A big second quarter helped the Galesburg High School girls basketball team in its 73-65 victory over Rock Island Alleman on Thursday night in a Western Big 6 contest at John Thiel Gymnasium.
“We did a good job of mixing it up defensively,” said Streaks senior guard Allison Mangieri, who finished with eight points. “We went out with a lot of intensity. We knew they were capable of coming back. We stuck together and played as a team.”
The Silver Streaks (12-5, 3-2) were down 16-13 after the first eight minutes of action, but Galesburg outscored the Pioneers (9-8, 0-5) 28-17 in the second quarter for a 41-33 lead at the half.
“Alleman always frustrates us with their half-court defense, but we had much better composure than we have against them,” Silver Streaks coach Evan Massey said. “We didn’t get frustrated and make bad choices.”
“I’m not happy with the outcome on the scoreboard, but I don’t have a problem with the effort,” Alleman coach Jay Hatch said. “We battled. We gave up 41 in the first half, but hung in there. Except for the scoreboard, I’m happy with a lot of the things we did tonight.”
Alleman opened up the second quarter with a basket from post Erin Morrisey with 7:40 before the half. However, the Pioneers didn’t score again until 4:05 left in the second thanks to a basket from Anne Bohnert.
Alleman turnovers led to the lack of scoring in the second.
The Pioneers had 13 turnovers in the first half — nine came in the second — and finished with 27 turnovers in the game. Galesburg had 22 turnovers.
“We tried to do some different things defensively in the first half,” Massey said. "We mixed it up better. We caught them by surprise that way.”
Alleman fought back in the third quarter and the Pioneers were down 49-48 with 2:34 left in the quarter, but the Streaks answered with a 6-0 run for a 59-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Galesburg outscored Alleman 18-17 in the third.
“A big key was the end of the third quarter,” Hatch said. “They went on a 6-0 run and pushed it to almost double digits. That was a key stretch.”
The Streaks took a 62-52 lead with 6:52 left in the final stanza — their biggest lead of the game — on a 3-pointer from Mangieri and were able to hold off the Pioneers.
Galesburg had a hard time with Morrisey in the first half, but did a better job containing her in the second half.
The 5-foot-11 junior finished with a game high 29 points — 18 of her points came in the first 16 minutes.
“I think she is a really good post player,” Mangieri said about Morrisey. “She had good moves. She was definitely a threat. We had trouble defensively with her.”
Jessica Lieber led the Streaks in scoring with 26 points. Sharron Diggins chipped in 15 points for Galesburg.
“Jess had a phenomenal season last season and is having another one this season,” Massey said. “Sharron has stepped her game up this year and is a good second threat for us.”
Bohnert had 12 points for the Pioneers and Maddie McGuire finished with 10 points.
The Streaks went 21-for-54 from the field (38 percent) and went 10-for-29 from behind the arc (34 percent).
Alleman went 27-for-49 from the field (55 percent) and finished 1-for-7 from 3-point range (14 percent).
The Pioneers outrebounded the Streaks 27-22.
The Galesburg High School sophomore girls basketball team fought back from a first half deficit and defeated Alleman 41-39.
The Pioneers held a 22-18 lead over the Streaks at the half.
Shayli Florine led Galesburg in scoring with 12 points.
Madelyn Wendell led Alleman with 11 points.

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