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|Streaks Take the Long Trip to Open WB6 Play
|Galesburg High School's girls basketball team has four games under its belt as it begins another Western Big Six season.
The Silver Streaks make the long trek to Quincy Tuesday night, a team that's off to a good start this season after making substantial progress a year ago under coach Sandi Devoe.
Galesburg won three of four games in the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament. The only loss was against state-ranked Springfield last Saturday 96-66. The Silver Streaks' newly implemented system has been effective so far. The offense is averaging 77 points per game and generated 15 three-point baskets in a win against Metamora last Friday night, a team that beat Galesburg 47-35 last season. The Streaks' defense is giving up 76 points per game.
Quincy is also off to a 3-1 start as the Blue Devils played all four games in the Alton Tournament. Quincy lost its season-opener 73-41 against Belleville Althoff then rolled off three straight victories against Jacksonville (40-38), Jerseyville (58-50) and Alton (47-39). Jordan Fletcher, a 6'2" freshman center, scored 15 points in the win over Alton - including two three-point baskets. Other key contributors are sophomore guard Anna Leenerts, senior guards Shelby Wires and Lindsey Barton, senior forward Stevee Nolan and freshman guard Breanna Scholfield.
Quincy finished last season with an 8-19 record, including a 2-8 mark in the Big Six. That's a major improvement compared to the 2007-08 season, when the Blue Devils didn't win a game in conference play and went 1-19 overall.
Galesburg is coming off a 14-18 season and a third-place finish in conference play with a 5-5 record. The Streaks are led in scoring through four games by junior guard Jessica Howard, who's averaging 16.5 points per game. Junior guard Mickey Rodriguez has shown she can shoot the ball from distance and is averaging 11 points per game. Senior guard/forward Sara Baker is contributing 10.8 points a game and senior forward Shelby Pacheco is averaging 8 points per contest.
Quincy and Galeburg split last season's two meetings. The Blue Devils won at Thiel Gym 54-46 to snap a long conference losing streak while GHS returned the favor and won 53-46 at Quincy.
Coverage of Tuesday night's game with Jim Lee and Erik Gibson begins at 6:40 on WGIL AM 1400.
Other Western Big Six games (Tuesday night):
-Rock Island Alleman hosts Moline at 7:00
-United Township visits Rock Island at 7:00