By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
HIGHLAND, Ill. -- Eric Orne scheduled a game against Highland so his Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team could see a quality Class 3A program as it prepares for the postseason.
The QND coach liked what he saw Saturday.
The Lady Raiders used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to take a commanding halftime lead and rolled to a 68-31 victory at the Highland Optimists Shootout.
"It was nice to go down there and play a quality 3A team that we could possibly see in the super-sectional," Orne said. "It was also nice to see us continue coming together as a team and get some additional scoring options."
It's the 28th straight regular-season victory for QND (12-0).
Jordan Frericks converted three straight steals into baskets late in the first half to cap off the 12-0 run and extend QND's lead to 32-12. After leading 36-17 at halftime, the Lady Raiders started the second half with a 12-1 run to pull away for a 48-18 lead.
QND allowed Highland (13-6) to score only 21 points over the final three quarters.
"We got a lot of good things off our press," Orne said. "The girls were anxious to play this game to see what they could do against (Highland)."
Kassidy Gengenbacher scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Raiders, while Cassidy Foley added a season-high 12 points. Frericks finished with eight rebounds, while Gengenbacher added seven.