Lady Jacks beat Cascade, snap losing streak
Basketball victory is first since February 2014
When it was over and the final buzzer had sounded, there were hugs and high-fives.
And why not?
The Quincy girls notched their first win of the season Dec. 10 with a 38-21 victory over visiting Cascade of Leavenworth.
The win also ended the Lady Jacks’ losing streak that stretched back to Feb. 7, 2014, when they upended Tonasket 42-30 in the last game of the 2013-14 season.
Current coach Cory Medina took over last year, and Quincy lost all 20 games. The team began this season 0-3 before last week’s turnaround. This season’s losses were to La Salle, Ephrata and Othello.
However, Quincy Athletic Director Bill Alexander has noticed the team’s improvement.
“I’m really pleased with what Cory and his staff are doing,” he said. “It looks like our girls have a better understanding of the game and they are executing fundamentals better.”
Against Cascade, Medina unleashed a ferocious defense that figured in the Kodiaks’ 21 turnovers.
“We put in a new press and I think that had a hand in us being more aggressive,” Medina said. “We’ll mix it in now and then. We did the same thing against Othello and it helped us keep that game close.”
Rachel Faw, a starter against Cascade who contributed three points, agreed the defensive pressure from a full-court press paid dividends.
“We got a lot of turnovers from it,” she said, adding that Medina instituted a new defense this season “and it’s really working.”
Siria Avila, who also scored three points in the victory, credited Quincy’s big players in the post for performing well against Cascade.
“We also passed the ball better today,” Avila said after the game.
The Lady Jacks got to business early. Elizabeth Nielson hit a free throw and Heidi Bishop drove for a layup to give Quincy a 3-0 lead after three minutes of play.
Cascade scored a free throw, but Quincy went up 9-1 when Bishop hit a jumper with 2:00 left in the first quarter.
The home team pushed its lead to 23-11 when Faw intercepted a pass and found Ericia Camacho under the basket for a layup halfway through the third quarter. Mashayla Schaapman grabbed an offensive rebound and took it back up for a basket with :57 left in the third as Quincy led 28-13.
The Lady Jacks kept their foot on the gas pedal in the final quarter, opening with a long field goal by Kaitlin Ramsey that made the margin 30-14. Ramsey added a free throw and Camacho canned a field goal to run the lead to 35-17 with less than 5:00 to play.
Next up, the Jacks on Friday take on East Valley of Yakima at home. For a look ahead at the Red Devils and what the Jacks will be up against, see the QVPR Scouting Report.
Score by quarters:
Cascade 3 3 8 7 — 21
Quincy 9 10 9 10 — 38
Cascade — Makena Ala’ilima-Daley, 3; Ceria Blue, 1; Sarah Pickle, 4; Leanne Fraker, 4; Madalyn Brown, 2; Tara Boyd, 7.
Quincy — Siria Avila, 3; Kaitlin Ramsey, 7; Elizabeth Nielson, 3; Heidi Bishop, 4; Ericia Camacho, 10; Maggie Buenrostro, 4; Alysha Donovan, 2; Rachel Faw, 3; Mashayla Schaapman, 2.
— By Steve Kadel, email@example.com