Girls hoops team shows progress
Conference runners-up Prosser defeated the Quincy Lady Jacks hoops team 76-38 on Jan. 12, on the first of a trifecta of tough games for the Quincy squad.
The Lady Jacks next play Wapato on Friday and Ellensburg on Saturday, all teams with winning records and among the top five in the conference.
All games happen in Quincy.
The win left Prosser trailing only Selah in the standings, with a 12-1 record in the Central Washington Athletic Conference.
“We kind of knew it was going to turn out like that, they are a pretty tough team,” Quincy head coach Cory Medina said after the Prosser game. “A really good team, and we actually played them better than we did last time.”
In December, the Lady Jacks lost to Prosser by 43 points, 63-20.
“The girls are starting to attack a lot more, they are shooting better and their percentage is higher,” Medina said.
Emily Wurl served as one of the silver linings of the Prosser game. She finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, a double-double.
“She’s one of those ones who’s hard to bring off,” Medina said. “It’s tough to sub her out.”
Brionna Grey finished with seven points, Jane Kennedy had six, Avery Vander Veen, Gaby Arroyo and Jacqueline Dearie had four points each. Dearie also had 10 rebounds. Corina Cervantes had two points. Hailey McKee had one point.
The day before the Prosser game, the Lady Jacks lost to Grandview on the road, 76-56.
The game was one of the better efforts for the green-and-gold squad this season.
The 56 points were the second-highest offensive output of the season and the highest for a conference game.
The Lady Jacks scored 57 in a Dec. 4 non-conference win over Wahluke.
The Lady Jacks scored 18 points in the second quarter against the Greyhounds, and trailed by only six points at halftime.
Dearie led the team with 14 points, followed by Vander Veen with 10, and Wurl with nine. She barely missed having a double-double, collecting 10 rebounds.
Gray had seven points, McKee had six, Kennedy had six with six assists, and Piper Horning had four.
Next up are the back-to-back games against Wolves and Bulldogs this weekend.
Hailee Blancas might suit up for the Lady Jacks again after all, Medina said.
She had been academically ineligible for a while, but her grades are back up.
The team is starting to figure things out, but it still struggles against speedy teams, Medina said.
Both Wolves and Bulldogs are very fast, he added.
The team is fighting a bug right now, so playing at home helps a bit, Medina added. Tip-off is 5:45 p.m. for both games.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org