Lady Jacks “don’t back down”
The Lady Jacks stumbled out of the gates on Thursday to cross-Basin rival Ephrata in a matchup that featured 46 fouls and 49 free throw attempts. Quincy (0-2) followed that with a non-league loss to La Salle on Saturday.
Ephrata 61, Quincy 16
Quincy made just one field goal in the first half and it took all of the first quarter to score their first point off a free throw. In the meantime, the Lady Tigers (1-0) found production across the board with seven girls scoring six or more points. They were led by Maddie Stucky, Karlee Etter, Harley Vanatta and Brooke Stutzman, all with nine points.
Despite the lopsided score, the Lady Jacks did not back down until the final buzzer.
“The girls played hard. I was very proud of how they never gave up, and never backed down,” said coach Cory Medina. “It would have been very easy to look up at the scoreboard and quit playing, but they didn’t. All of the girls gave everything they had until the last buzzer.
“We have to work on a lot of the little fundamentals. We have to drill them so much that they become second nature.”
Quincy had five points from Elizabeth Nielson (seven rebounds) and four points from Joanna Santana (three rebounds), while Heidi Bishop (six rebounds), Jessica Faw and Stephanie Mendoza each scored two points. The Lady Jacks scored 10 points from free throws and shot under 10 percent from the floor.
Free throws: Quincy 10-of-23; Ephrata 12-of-26. Fouls: Quincy 24. Ephrata 22.
LaSalle 57, Quincy 19
In a non-league game on Saturday, the host Lady Lightning (1-1) cruised to a 38-point win behind the play of Lauren Newman. She tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Jacks had eight points from Nielson and six points from Bishop.
Cascade 55, Quincy 37
The Lady Jacks put together their best performance of the season against Cascade on Tuesday. Bishop scored seven points and added seven rebounds, while Joanna Santana scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds.
Quincy had a slow start scoring just four points in the first quarter and fell behind 18-4. But they bounced back with a 10 point second quarter. The Lady Jacks lost by 18 points, but cut down their turnovers from their opening game against Ephrata by 36 percent. Quincy had 39 turnovers against the Lady Tigers and 25 against Cascade.
Other highlights: Nielson seven points and five rebounds; Jessica Faw eight points; Vanessa Sorto five rebounds; Maribel Alejandres three rebounds. Free throws: Quincy 7-of-15. 2Pt FG: Quincy 15-of-61. 3Pt FG: 0-5.
– By Kurtis J. Wood, email@example.com