QHS girls close tournament with loss to Edwardsville

Posted: Dec. 1, 2013 12:01 am Updated: Dec. 22, 2013 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

Demond Dade knew the odds were long.

The Quincy High School girl's basketball team was going to struggle to score against Edwardsville Saturday afternoon during the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament at the QHS gym.

The Tigers held the Blue Devils scoreless in the second quarter and won 77-13. It was QHS's seventh straight loss to open the season.

"Coming into this game, we knew we were outmatched," Dade said. "What we were looking for from our girls was just that fight. Just that fight of knowing that you're probably outmatched, outgunned, but how are you going to take it? Are you going to come out and play like nothing matters or are you going to come out and play hard?"

Edwardsville didn't let the Blue Devils (0-7) hang around. QHS tied the game at 2-2 when Casey Kelley knocked down a jumper early in the first quarter. The Tigers responded with an 11-0 lead that gave them control.

QHS junior Zhane'la Church sank a 3-pointer to snap the run midway through the first quarter.

After Church's trey, the Blue Devils didn't score again until the third quarter.

"Ball movement (could've been better)," Dade said. "Every time we get into a situation where we have ball movement or we get stagnant with the ball, nothing happens for us."

Turnovers plagued the Blue Devils for the second straight game, which Dade attributed to careless passing.

"We saw some of the same things," he said. "A lot of times, those times today where we had turnovers, there was no pressure. It's still coming from trying to force something to happen at times. Young mistakes and stuff like that."

Freshman Cita Cortese knocked down a 3-pointer in the third quarter, ending Quincy's scoring drought and bringing the deficit to 54-8.

The Blue Devils received another three from junior Reagan Wellman to finish the quarter with 11 points.

The Blue Devils struggled to slowdown Edwardsville's Kourtney Dunbar, who finished the game with 20 points.

"A player like that, sometimes you're never going to really stop them," Dade said. "It's just going to be ‘what quarter do they kind of get away from you?' We threw a couple different players at her. She's just too big and strong for our players."

Aailyah Covington also contributed 20 points for Edwardsville, and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Wellman, Cortese and Church led QHS with three points apiece.




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