Wednesday, November 27, 2013
GALESBURG – Though Doris Hatch passed away Monday evening, there was no doubt in the mind of her son, Alleman girls' basketball coach Jay Hatch, that he would make the trip to John Thiel Gymnasium on Tuesday night to coach the Pioneers in their Western Big 6 Conference opener against the Galesburg Silver Streaks.
"She would have kicked my butt if I wouldn't have coached," said Jay, admitting that the day was rough, but it was one that ended with his team pulling out a hard-fought 48-39 victory.
Still, the Alleman players were taken aback a bit by having their coach with them for their basketball game when the game of life had dealt him a setback.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Vs. East Peoria, we were led by Shayli Florine who had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Casey Williams had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Lexi Daniels added 8 points and 8 rebounds. We were down 16 points and came back to within 3 points but could not get the job done.
The game involved 55 fouls called, 5 players on both teams fouling out, 72 free throws shot, and a game that took over two hours to complete. The game also had technicals called on each coach for "being out of the box." The calls were by an official 60 feet from the coach. One coach while instructing his players had the toes of one foot over the coaching line- good vision from 60 feet. The most bizarre call was when the E. Peoria coach got a technical because "he left the box before another official had finished calling a time out." In other words a time out was being administered but evidently the 60 feet away thought he was a second too early getting ready for the time out.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Two free throws with 0.7 seconds left in overtime cemented a victorious homecoming for Heather Cassady.
Dunlap rallied to beat Peoria Christian, 44-40 in overtime on Thursday night as a part of the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament. The Eagles (2-0) gave Cassady her first home coaching victory at her alma mater.
“If we’re going to win, it’s going to be as a team,” the 1998 Dunlap grad said. “We have a lot of depth. “It’s just learning what it takes to win.”
|Photo- Steve Davis|
Shayli Florine led the Streaks in scoring with 17 points, also in double figures was Haley Kelso with 11. Casey Williams and Sabrina Clay each added 8 points. Sabrina and Shayli pulled down 7 rebounds apiece, while Kailyn Boydstun dished out 5 assists.
Galesburg improved in two critical areas- turnovers and fouls- but still have to get better. We turned the ball over 19 times and forced 23 turnovers. We committed 20 fouls which resulted in 20 ft attempts for Metamora.
The girls and boys basketball teams are going to be collecting cash donations to give to Washington High School for them to use for tornado relief. Money will be collected at this Friday's game, next Wednesday's boys game, and then at both boys and girls games on next Saturday.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|Sami Thompson (Steve Davis photo)|
Streaks were in a fouling mood. Despite being up, we fouled late in the game which allowed IW to score 7 of last 9 points from the foul line. Streaks committed 21 fouls which resulted in 24 ft attempts for IW.
Ball handling was a major problem for the Streaks as we turned the ball over 26 times.
On the bright side, Sabrina Clay and Shayli Florine were dominant inside. Both were in double figures with points, and Sabrina pulled down 18 rebounds. Clay's 16 defensive boards set a GHS single game record, breaking a record of 15 set by Sadee Hamilton.
Haley Kelso led the Streaks with 21 points on 50% shooting.
Next up for the Streaks will be Metamora on Thursday at 7:00pm in Thiel Gym.
Monday, November 18, 2013
After two years at Plainfield East, Faith Suggs has transferred to Homewood-Flossmoor.
The 6-foot-1 junior is one of the top players in the area. Her national presence has grown, too, since she tried out for the USA Basketball U16 national team in late May.
"I'm going to miss Plainfield East," Suggs said. "I loved the teachers, principal and it was a great school. But I'm extremely excited about this change."
Suggs' history with newly hired Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball coach Anthony Smith extends back to the seventh grade, when the two met while Suggs was playing basketball in a gym with her father, former NFL player Shafer Suggs.
Faith Suggs has played for Smith's AAU Dream Team since eighth grade.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
As you watch games, it is apparent there are many more foul calls. The other night I watched a game in which on 7 straight possessions at each end of the floor a foul was called and free throws were shot. I replayed the game and found those 7 possessions involved 2:07 of actual game time. In terms of actual minutes, these 7 possessions took 11:14 to complete, and involved 12 foul shots. What had been an exciting and interesting game, never got back to tempo.
Friday night North Central College women's basketball team beat Ripon College in OT by a 113-111 score. Some of the numbers....
- length of game= 2 hours and 40 minutes
- number of fouls= 73
- combined ft's shot= 93
- Ripon players fouled out= all of top six players
Thursday, November 14, 2013
When I heard they played Illinois, I couldn't help but wonder if Dani threw the game.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
We have right around 40 girls involved in basketball on all three levels.