Feisty Lady Jacks hit rough patch of games, injuries
With one of its veterans sidelined and with the rest of the team feeling the effects of six games in 12 days, the Quincy Lady Jacks basketball team lost to Prosser in a lopsided affair 63-20 on Dec. 8, in Prosser.
“That was a rough game,” head coach Cory Medina said. “Prosser is really fast and between it being our sixth game in 12 days and also not having (Hailey) McKee, those things really took a toll on the girls.”
The loss was the second in a row for the Lady Jacks, who had lost the night before to Grandview at home, 50-35, in a game where McKee went down with an injury and had to be carried off the floor.
Not having McKee hurt the Lady Jacks, who were pretty weary to begin with, Medina said.
“She’s a big part of that team, three years on varsity, and she shoulders a lot of the pressure, she likes it,” Medina said. “She likes being the girl that brings the ball up the court.”
Avery Vander Veen also tweaked an ankle, but played on against Grandview and the next day against Prosser. McKee will sit a while longer, Medina said.
“She’s moving around OK today,” said Medina on Dec. 11. “We haven’t got her running, she hasn’t gone full-speed at all yet.”
Medina said that he believed McKee may have hyperextended her knee a little after colliding with a Grandview player. No X-rays or MRIs had been taken.
The team hit some good shots against Grandview (6-0, 4-0 in league) but against Prosser (3-1, 3-1 in league) “we weren’t hitting anything,” Medina said. “The shots that normally go in, didn’t go in.”
The team shot 23 percent from the floor, 13 percent from the three-point line and 17 percent from the free-throw line.
Jacqueline Dearie led the Lady Jacks against Prosser with eight points. Emily Wurl had five, Piper Horning had three points, Brionna Gray had two points and Jane Kennedy had two points.
The team will play a lot better the next time it faces Prosser, Medina said.
Against the Greyhounds, the team kept playing hard, despite the adversity.
“That’s what I love about this team,” Medina said. “They don’t have any quit in them.”
The Lady Jacks closed the first quarter just two points behind the Greyhounds, but Grandview took control in the second quarter.
“We got a little sloppy,” Medina said. “That’s one of the things we gotta clean up.” By his own count, Medina said, the Lady Jacks had about 30 turnovers against Grandview.
Still, the progress was undeniable, losing by 15 to a team that laid 56-point and 49-point drubbings on the Lady Jacks last year.
Against Grandview, Wurl had nine points, Dearie had eight, Vander Veen had eight, Kennedy had three, Gray had three, McKee had two, Corina Cervantes had one and Hailee Blancas had one.
After the loss to Prosser, the Quincy Lady Jacks (2-4, 0-4 in league) got a much-needed break, with no games until Dec. 14 and 15.
Over those two days, the team will be on the road first Wapato (2-4 overall, 1-3 in league) and Ellensburg (3-2 overall, 3-1 in league.)
McKee will likely sit out these next two games as well, Medina said, as a precaution.
The Lady Jacks return home on Dec. 18, to face Ephrata (1-5, 1-3 in league), and host winless Othello Dec. 21. Tipoff is at 5:45 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org