By THE HERALD-WHIG
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Defensively, Quincy High School girls basketball coach Demond Dade was happy with what he saw.
The Blue Devils' offense, however, really never got clicking as QHS lost to St. Joseph (Mo.) Benton 48-26 in the championship of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational on Saturday night at Jefferson City Helias Fieldhouse.
"Any time we hold a team to under 50 points, we should win the game -- not just have a chance to win," Dade said. "I'm happy with the defensive effort, but we weren't able to put the ball in the hole."
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Blue Devils, who fall to 9-6.
"Benton is a pretty good team," Dade said. "They were very disciplined and executed their offense well."
Arai'ya Dade, Jordan Fletcher and Angel Bradford combined to score 21 of the Blue Devils' 26 total points. Dade and Fletcher scored eight apiece while Bradford, who was starting in place of Hannah Reller, chipped in five.
Foul trouble also cost the Blue Devils. Bradford fouled out late in the third quarter, and Dade left the game in the fourth.
"The defensive effort was there," Dade said. "It just cost us in fouls."
The Blue Devils played for the second night without Reller, a senior starter who suffered a concussion in Thursday's game and was re-evaluated Saturday. There was some talk about Reller possibly being able to play in Saturday's game, but Reller was not cleared. Dade said Reller will be evaluated in Quincy.
"It has been hard for the team to take the court both nights (without Reller)," Dade said. "We want to error on the side of protecting her."