Prep Girls Basketball

Moline takes advantage of Quincy's foul trouble

MARC NESSELER
Special to the Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 12:55 am

MOLINE, Ill. -- Quincy High School girls basketball coach Martin Pazanin said he had no choice.

He had to find a way to keep Thursday night's Western Big Six Conference game against Moline at Wharton Field Houses close until seniors Sarh Nelson and Kaileigh Carothers could return to the game from foul trouble.

However, before he could get them back in, it backfired.

Moline freshman Kadence Tatum torched the Blue Devils' zone with back-to-back 3-pointers to turn a close, three-point game in a double-digit deficit and carried the Maroons to a 59-55 victory.

"We had switched to a zone, because we had four fouls each on Kaileigh Carothers and Sarah Nelson," Pazanin said. "We want those two out there as much as possible. We failed to do some things that we would have done under normal circumstances."

Carothers picked up her fourth foul with 6 minutes, 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Nelson's fourth wasn't far behind, coming with 5:01 left in the third. Carothers had all of her seven points at that juncture, and Nelson had three fourth-quarter points to end with six.

Moline led 41-38 at the end of the third quarter, after Bralee Trice hit a shot at the buzzer.

Tatum added one more for good measure midway through the final quarter to finish with 12 points.

"Our sophomore coach (John McBride) tells me that when I'm wide open, I should shoot it," Tatum said. "When we started the fourth quarter, I saw that the score was close, and that we needed something to go in."

With Moline keeping the lead at 10 points at 54-44, Quincy showed it had some 3-point firepower in its arsenal to provide an exciting finish. Sophomore Kate Chevalier hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Olivia Edwards added another to make it 55-52.

Though Moline hit just 7 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter, it was enough to keep the Blue Devils (18-6, 2-4 WB6) from getting any closer than three points in the final minute.

"It was a good basketball game," said Pazanin, who got 13 points from Stephanie Anders and 11 from Chevalier off the bench. "It just became a challenge to guard their two bigs. We just had nothing to go up against them when Carothers and Nelson were idled by officials' whistles."

Moline 59, Quincy 55

QUINCY (18-6, 2-4 WB6)

Edwards 3-12 1-2 8, Espinoza 2-6 0-0 4, Anders 5-11 0-0 13, Carothers 3-4 1-6 7, S. Nelson 2-4 1-2 6, Chevalier 4-7 0-0 11, Hultz 1-5 0-0 2, Abdallah 1-2 0-0 2, Sapp 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 21-51 5-12 55.

MOLINE (14-10, 5-2 WB6)

Tatum 4-6 0-0 12, Davis 1-7 3-4 5, Trice 5-9 4-8 14, Pittington 4-11 4-5 12, McNamee 3-9 6-8 12, Hazen 0-2 0-0 0, Curtis 2-3 0-0 4, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Thatcher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-47 17-25 59.

Quincy 8 16 14 17--55

Moline 8 14 19 18--59

3-point field goals--Quincy 8-16 (Anders 3-5, Chevalier 3-6, Nelson 1-1, Edwards 1-2, Espinoza 0-2), Moline 4-6 (Tatum 4-4, Trice 0-1, Curtis 0-1). Rebounds--Quincy 28 (Edwards 7), Moline 36 (Pittington 13). Assists--Quincy 11 (Anders 5), Moline 11 (Hazen 3). Steals--Quincy 12 (Edwards 4), Moline 11 (Davis 2, Pittington 2, Hazen 2, Trice 2). Turnovers--Quincy 18, Moline 21. Fouls--Quincy 19, Moline 11. Fouled out--None.