GALESBURG — The Galesburg High School girls basketball team cruised to a 70-31 victory over Quincy on Thursday night in Western Big 6 Conference action at John Thiel Gymnasium.
The Silver Streaks (15-11, 3-4) were never challenged by the Blue Devils (0-16, 0-7) in the contest.
“An unusual situation. Quincy is obviously down,” said Galesburg coach Evan Massey, who is now three wins away from the 800th of his career.
“I thought we fouled a little too much but that’s being picky. We were aggressive defensively — got a lot of steals. I thought we did a nice job moving the ball against the zone, so we got open shots inside.”
“We’re working on things and we understand that we are a young team,” Quincy coach Demond Dade said. “We have to continue to work on things until we get them, so every second of every game and practice we have to continue to work on those things. The young girls are getting it. Tonight some of them didn’t get it until late in the game but we had a good stretch where we held them scoreless for about a minute and a half.
“We kept our space and did the things we need to do and that’s encouraging to me. Wins and losses are not an issue with us right now. It’s about learning and improving everyday. They are going to keep fighting.”
Galesburg went to work in the paint early in the first quarter.
Sabrina Clay, a 5-foot-9 junior post, went to the charity stripe three times in the first two minutes and went 4-for-6 from the line. Haley Kelso drained a 3-pointer as did Casey Williams, who was fouled on her attempt and made her free throw to give the Streaks a 11-0 advantage with 6:40 left in the first.
Quincy scored a mere four points in the stanza and they were all from the charity stripe. Casey Kelley went 3-for-4 and Ashley Doellman went 1-for-4 for the Blue Devils from the line.
Galesburg held a 29-4 lead after the first.
The Streaks opened the second quarter with an 11-1 run for a 38-5 lead with 4:53 left. Galesburg held a 44-7 lead at the half and didn’t look back.
The Blue Devils’ three points in the second came off a bucket from Sidney Heck and a free throw from Kelley.
Galesburg and Quincy exchanged baskets in the third quarter with both teams scoring 10 points. The Streaks held a 54-17 lead heading into the fourth.
The Blue Devils committed 32 turnovers in the contest to Galesburg’s nine. The youth of Quincy — five of the Blue Devils’ 11 players on the roster are upperclassmen — led to the mistakes.