Prep Girls Basketball

QHS eager to continue building with new coach

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 9:35 am

QUINCY -- Bre Bordewick is anxious to get back in a basketball game.

The Quincy High School girls basketball senior hasn't played since her sophomore year because of a broken leg she suffered the day before the annual Blue and White Scrimmage the Blue Devils hold each season.

"I'm a little nervous because it's been so long," Bordewick said. "It's been injury after injury. But I think it'll be a really good senior year."

A change in the offseason is reason for her belief.

QHS is entering its first season under the direction of Martin Pazanin, who was hired last spring. He replaces Brad Bergman, who resigned after posting a 22-60 record in three seasons with the Blue Devils. However, each season saw growth as the Blue Devils won just three games in his first season but went 12-15 last season, including a victory over crosstown rival Quincy Notre Dame for the first time since 2007.

Pazanin's job becomes sustaining that momentum in the program. He says that starts with building a successful culture.

"It's really important with the type of culture we want to build," Pazanin said. "I really think the culture will win over the Xs and Os. It's awesome I get to step into a situation where some players are talented but are also really young."

QHS went to summer tournaments in Branson, Mo., and at Southern Illinois University. During that time, they developed bonds off the court as well.

They already see a difference compared to year's past.

"We have definitely come together a lot more, and we're a lot more close," Bordewick said. "A lot of the girls have been playing together for a long time. There's just so much chemistry."

The hope is that creates results on the court.

QHS will do that with junior guard Stephanie Anders returning as the lone starter from a season ago. Bordewick started as a freshman and sophomore and is used to logging multiple minutes. QHS also returns letterwinners in forward Sarah Nelson and guards Olivia Edwards, Kali Ozbelent and Kiley Espinoza.

Bordewick is the only senior in that group. If she stays healthy, it could help QHS finish with a winning record and compete in the Western Big Six Conference.

"She's our rock," Pazanin said. "For a guard, she can post up really well. She's really worked on her shot, and that's improved over the summer."

The Blue Devils also feel ready to challenge for a regional title.

"After last year, we really feel we can do that," Bordewick said. "Our coaches are really encouraging and push us to be better.

"We think we'll be better."

QHS Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Year

3 Olivia Edwards G 5-8 Soph.

4 Bre Bordewick G/F 5-8 Sr.

5 Kate Chevalier G 5-8 Fr.

10 Kali Ozbelent G 5-2 Jr.

11 Abbie Neally G 5-6 Soph.

12 Vivianne Lawless G 5-6 Sr.

14 Sophia Adballah G 5-8 Jr.

21 Kaitlin Roberts G 5-4 Soph.

22 Bre Sapp G 5-6 Fr.

23 Kiley Espinoza G 5-7 Jr.

24 Stephanie Anders G/F 5-8 Jr.

32 Ciara Cole F/C 5-10 Jr.

34 Kaileigh Carothers F/C 5-10 Jr.

40 Sarah Nelson G/F 6-0 Jr.

42 Brin Hultz F/C 6-0 Soph.

QHS Schedule

Nov. 14 at Jacksonville 7 p.m.

Nov. 21 at Moline* 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 at Rock Island Alleman* 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 Oswego 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 at West Hancock 6 p.m.

Dec. 7 Rock Island* 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 at United Township* 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 Unity# 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 28-30 State Farm Classic% TBA

Jan. 4 Galesburg* 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 6-10 Lady Panther Classic TBA

Jan. 11 Moline* 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 15 Quincy Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 at Rock Island* 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 Macomb 9 p.m.

Jan. 30 at Springfield Southeast 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 United Township* 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 West Hancock^ 11 a.m.

Feb. 8 at Galesburg* 6:30 p.m.

*Western Big Six Conference game

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