Friday, December 13, 2013
Streaks over Quincy
Quincy High School girls basketball coach Demond Dade is always looking for the silver lining, even when it is tough to see.
"Every game, regardless of the score, we have gotten better in some aspect," Dade said.
Thursday night, the Blue Devils believe their defensive intensity improved. However, that didn't happen until the fourth quarter.
Quincy scored just 19 points over the first three quarters and suffered another humbling Western Big Six Conference loss, falling 69-31 to Galesburg at the QHS gym.
"We take away the little things that are positive," Quincy sophomore guard Casey Kelley said. "We can't build off of negative things."
There are still some nagging problems for Quincy (0-9, 0-3 WB6).
Galesburg opened the game on a 13-0 run, and the Silver Streaks' full-court pressure never allowed the Blue Devils to find any rhythm.
Kelley finished with 10 points, but she was the only Quincy player in double figures. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils didn't have an answer for Galesburg sophomore center Shayli Florine, who scored a game-high 22 points.
"We all work together. We practice hard and work hard every day," Florine said. "I think it showed tonight."
Galesburg coach Evan Massey was proud of the way his girls pressured Quincy up and down the floor.
"I thought it was important for us to be able to defend them without fouling," Massey said. "We've had some trouble with that early in the year, so it was good that we didn't have to foul."
Dade would like to see that sort of intensity from the Blue Devils from the opening tip.
"To start the fourth quarter, we kept them from scoring for five minutes and 39 seconds," Dade said. "We need to get them to start a game with that same intensity and that same mindset from the beginning and see what happens."
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