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|Silver Streaks Girls Basketball Team Faces Tough Test in Regular Season Finale
|Galesburg High School faces the toughest opponent on its schedule last as the Silver Streaks conclude regular season play Thursday night.
The Silver Streaks (17-12, 3-6) visit Wharton Fieldhouse to play the #2 ranked team in Class 4A, Moline, which is looking for a win to clinch another Western Big Six conference title. The Maroons, at 27-1 overall and 8-1 in Big Six play, have won 19 straight games since losing at home to United Township back on December 17th.
Galesburg has lost two straight games, and both were against state-ranked teams: at home against Alleman (#4 in Class 2A) last Thursday and last Saturday at New Trier (#7 in Class 4A). But the Streaks are dangerous because of their ability to make three-point shots. An example of that was the 90-70 win at home against a good Bloomington team on January 30th, when GHS tied a state record with 20 three-point baskets.
Moline beat #9 Peoria Richwoods 62-56 at Wharton Fieldhouse last Saturday. The Maroons' two top guns, Emily Kuzlarich (21) and Marquisha Harris (15), combined to score 36 points in the win. Kuzlarich, a senior, is second in the Western Big Six in scoring at 14.3 points per game and Harris, a junior, is fifth in the conference at nearly 12 points per game.
Galesburg junior Jessica Howard is third in the Big Six at 12.7 points per game and leads the conference with 97 three-point baskets. Shelby Pacheco is seventh in scoring (9.3) and Mickey Rodriguez is eighth (9.2). Rodriguez is second in the league behind Howard with 77 three-point baskets.
A loss by Galesburg and a win by Quincy would tie the two teams for fourth in the conference standings at 3-7. The Streaks would have fourth place to themselves with a win.
Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on WGIL AM 1400 and online at www.wgil.com.