Prep Girls Basketball

Nelson, Blue Devils find right pace in victory

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Dec. 2, 2017 11:10 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy High School girls basketball team prepped for Saturday's game against Oswego not knowing if junior forward Sarah Nelson would be available as she nursed a back injury.

So it's understandable if it took the Blue Devils a while to get her involved.

Once they did, the Blue Devils found the rhythm they had lacked most of the first half.

Nelson hit a 19-foot jumper from the top of the key as the first-half buzzer sounded, capping a 10-2 run that gave Quincy a three-point edge. She followed that with the first three points of the second half, propelling the Blue Devils to a 63-59 victory at Blue Devil Gym.

Nelson finished with 18 points.

"I don't really know if a lot people know about her, but I think she's going to burst on the scene," Quincy coach Martin Pazanin said. "She's an awesome player. She's big for us inside. She big for us on the boards. We look forward to seeing what she can do."

Getting Nelson touches helped the Blue Devils (3-1) change gears.

Quincy committed 19 turnovers in the first half, 17 of which occurred in the first 29 possessions and led to a 20-15 deficit. Olivia Edwards worked her way to the basket on two separate possessions, getting fouled both times and hitting all four free throws to start the pivotal run.

She also drove the baseline for a basket that pulled Quincy within 22-21 with 51 seconds left in the half. The Blue Devils took the lead with 12 seconds left when Bre Bordewick scored off an offensive rebound, and after Oswego missed a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining, the Blue Devils rushed to get the ball to Nelson just before the buzzer.

"We really didn't play with pace," Pazanin said. "We kind of walked the ball up the court and let the defense get set. We really talked about finding the right kind of pace. The first couple minutes of the second half, we did a good job of playing with pace."

The Blue Devils cut down the turnovers as well. Quincy committed just 10 turnovers in the second half, pushed the lead to as many as 13 points on two separate occasions and found a way to hold off a late charge.

Edwards finished with 15 points, going 7 of 7 from the free-throw line, and dished out seven assists. Bordewick had a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds.

"What they have to learn is when you don't play your best you have to keep playing and they did that," Pazanin said. "They didn't hang their heads. I thought they played really, really hard in the second half. They should be happy they won the game."

Quincy 63, Oswego 59

OSWEGO (0-8)

Engler 3-9 0-2 7, Schlinger 5-10 8-10 18, Tarver 1-2 0-0 2, Henrikson 3-10 0-0 8, Beebe 4-4 0-0 8, Bosman 0-3 0-0 0, Martinez 1-2 0-2 2, Dorilio 2-3 0-0 6, H. Gotchie 2-4 2-2 6, Jones 1-2 0-0 2, L. Gotchie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 10-16 59.

QUINCY (3-1)

Edwards 4-6 7-7 15, Bordewick 5-10 3-6 13, Chevalier 2-6 0-0 5, Anders 2-4 0-2 5, Nelson 7-10 4-5 18, Espinoza 0-1 3-4 3, Ozbelent 0-3 0-0 0, Sapp 1-2 1-2 4. Totals 21-42 18-26 63.

Oswego 14 8 12 22--59

Quincy 12 13 19 19--63

3-point field goals--Oswego 5-17 (Henrikson 2-8, Dorilio 2-3, Engler 1-3, Schlinger 0-1, Bosman 0-1, L. Gotchie 0-1), Quincy 3-8 (Chevalier 1-3, Sapp 1-2, Anders 1-1, Espinoza 0-1, Ozbelent 0-1). Rebounds--OSwego 25 (Schlinger 7), Quincy 30 (Bordewick 16). Assists--Oswego 6 (Engler 2), Quincy 9 (Edwards 7). Turnovers--Oswego 25, Quincy 29. Fouls--Oswego 18, Quincy 15. Fouled out--Beebe.

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