By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
GALEBURG, Ill. -- Arai'ya Dade showed the fight was there for the Quincy High School girls basketball team Thursday night. The Blue Devils just couldn't finish during a 75-68 Western Big Six Conference overtime loss to Galesburg, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A.
Dade brought the ball up the right side of the floor and drained a 3-pointer with less than two seconds remaining to tie the game at 65 and force overtime before the Blue Devils lost their 28th straight WB6 game.
"It felt good to see our team rally together, pull for each other and continue to fight," QHS coach Demond Dade said. "I ask for a winning effort from everyone on the court. We're shooting for a conference championship. Tonight, more than anything, we wanted to show that Quincy is here."
In overtime, the Silver Streaks' Jessica Lieber, who finished with a game-high 24 points, dominated. She scored six points, including three from the free-throw line, to help Galesburg outscore QHS 10-3 in overtime.
Demond Dade said the Blue Devils gave up too many uncontested layups.
"One thing we were doing well was putting pressure on the ball," he said. "It gets hard to coach the girls when they do everything we ask, and other teams seem to be traveling. That's what we want. We want to force the pressure and make them take extra steps. They switched four players every two, two-and-a half minutes. We didn't sub as much as they did. Even though we showed fatigue at times, we played well."
Defense allowed the Blue Devils to keep the game close. Galesburg led 33-31 at halftime, before QHS (3-4, 0-2 Western Big 6) rallied to take a 48-46 lead at the end of third quarter.
Hannah Reller and Jordan Fletcher both scored 17 points for QHS. Dade added 16.