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Galesburg Bombs Away; Beats Metamora 88-66
Galesburg High School's girls basketball team showed why the up-and-down style of play can work Friday night against Metamora.

The Silver Streaks exploded for 32 points in the third quarter and made seven three-point shots in the stanza to pull away and beat Metamora 88-66. Galesburg (2-0) had 15 treys in the game and for the second straight game had 11 players in the scoring column, led by Jessica Howard with 15 points. Howard made four three-point shots.

Galesburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game. Metamora responded and tied the game at 9-9, but two GHS free throws made it 11-9 and the Streaks led the rest of the way.

Galesburg led 21-16 after the first quarter, led by Howard's nine points. The Lady Cardinals played the Streaks even in the second quarter when both teams scored 17 points and GHS led 38-33. Ally Friday was the catalyst for Metamora. She scored nine of her 12 points in the second stanza, but was held scoreless in the second half.

The Silver Streaks put Metamora away in the third quarter thanks to a 15-0 run that stretched Galesburg's lead to 58-35. The Lady Redbirds again fought back and got to within 15 at 70-55 going into the fourth quarter.

A quick four points by Metamora cut Galesburg's lead to 11, but Katarina Mangieri stuck back-to-back three-point baskets from the left wing to effectively put the game out of reach. The Streaks outscored Metamora 18-11 in the fourth quarter to end the game strong.

Galesburg's full-court pressure forced 29 Metamora turnovers while the Silver Streaks cut down on their miscues, committing 23 on the night after 42 turnovers in the team's season opener.

Metamora was able to stay in the game in the first half by making 12-of-15 from the free throw line and 19-of-23 overall. Kelsey Nafziger led the team in scoring with 16 points, all in the second half. Morgan Obery added 11.

Galesburg shot 9-of-18 from the charity stripe. Mickey Rodriguez knocked down four three-point baskets and had 14 points, Sadee Hamilton had 12 points and 8 rebounds off the bench and Sara Baker had 10 points for Galesburg. The Streaks also got strong performances from Jamie Johnson (8 points, 8 rebounds) and Megan Young (7 points) off the bench and starting guard Maddie Boyer (5 points, 7 rebounds).

Galesburg plays twice on Saturday, starting at 9 a-m against East Peoria (0-3). Rock Island Alleman (1-0) beat the Raiders 53-32 Friday night. The second game is at 7:30 against Springfield (1-0), which finished fourth in the state last season. Pregame coverage for the Galesburg-East Peoria game begins at 8:40 a-m on WGIL AM 1400. Coverage of the GHS-Springfield game gets underway with the pregame at 7:10 p-m.
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