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|Massey Gets 700th as Galesburg Beats Canton; Local Sports Roundup 12/21/9
|UPDATED 8:05 a-m 12/22/09 Galesburg High School girls basketball coach Evan Massey got his 700th career win Monday night at historic Ingersoll Gym in downtown Canton as the Silver Streaks defeated the Lady Giants 87-65 as heard on WGIL AM 1400.
Galesburg added another 17 three-point baskets to its ever-growing season total and led 45-36 at the intermission. The Streaks extended the lead to 15 points in the third quarter before Canton scored 12 of the next 14 to get within five (53-48) with about four minutes left in the stanza.
Galesburg sealed the deal with a 23-12 fourth quarter run and won going away, sparking a post-game celebration for the coach who's spent all 32 years of his varsity coaching career at Galesburg High School. Massey is just the third girls basketball coach in Illinois to reach the 700 win plateau.
Jessica Howard connected on seven three-point shots and scored a game-high 23 points. She got scoring help from Mickey Rodriguez, who drained four three-point baskets and had 16 points, and Tai Peachey with 11 points. Peachey made 9-of-10 from the free-throw line for GHS, which made 24-of-34 foul shots in the game (70.6%).
Canton struggled against Galesburg's pressure in the first half, committing 20 turnovers through two quarters and 32 in the game. Mallory Moser led three Little Giants players in double-figure scoring with 21 points.
Galesburg has won two straight games after also beating Maine South at home on Saturday afternoon and is 8-6 on the season, including an 8-2 mark in non-conference play.
The win marked the fourth straight season Galesburg has toppled Canton, which falls to 10-2.
The Galesburg High School sophomore team also won, defeating Canton 58-49. Jessica Lieber led Galesburg with 22 points.
The Silver Streak freshman girls team lost to Peoria Notre Dame 41-30. Galesburg (4-6) got a team-high 9 points from Chelsey Howard.
Orion beat Rowva 51-42. The Chargers took a three point lead into the fourth quarter and outscored the Tigers 12-6 to come away with the victory. Kelsey Kovacik scored a game-high 20 points for Rowva. Megan Blumenshein led Orion with 17.
United shook off a slow start and beat Abingdon 51-32. The teams combined for just eight points in the opening quarter. The Red Storm came out firing in the second quarter and led by 11 at the half, then built a 17-point lead in the third quarter to cruise the rest of the way. Mollie Murdock led United with 14 points and Augusta Chandler added 11. The Commandos' Madyson Glisan led her team with 12 points.
Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon beat Rushville-Industry 65-47. Kendra Pierce led the Spartans with 31 points and reached the 1,000 point mark of her varsity basketball career.
Mercer County (0-9) lost to West Prairie (3-9) 45-34
Sherrard doubled up Farmington 60-30
Illini Bluffs downed Stark County 51-46
South Fulton held on for a 42-40 win against North Fulton. Tiffany Churchill scored 16 in the win for the Rebels.
Elmwood cruised past Peoria Heights 45-26