Lady Jacks earn CWAC victory, break triple-digit losing streak
The Lady Jacks Basketball team picked up their first league victory in almost six years on Saturday, Jan. 4 on the road against Othello by a score of 52-43.
The green and gold had lost 103 straight games to CWAC opponents. Quincy joined the conference four seasons ago and played in the Caribou Trail League from 2012-2016, where they earned their most recent league win during the 2013-2014 season.
“I’m so proud of these girls and happy for them. We’re changing a culture of girls basketball in Quincy and these girls have bought in all summer on getting better,” Head Coach Micaiah McCreary said. “This is the first step to where we want the program to be in 5-10 years. I’m glad these girls are part of this change and have bought into hard work.”
Senior Jackie Dearie led the Lady Jacks with 23 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter in the contest. With the victory, Quincy moved to 1-7 in league play for the season (3-7 overall).
In a matchup on Jan. 3, the green and gold fell 46-20 to their rival Ephrata on the road.
The Tigers jumped ahead early, scoring the first nine points of the game. The Lady Jacks recovered and scored 10 of the final 14 points to cut the Ephrata deficit to 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The Tigers defense clamped down the rest of the game and especially in the second quarter, holding the green and gold to just a single made basket in the period. The Tigers strung together a 19-to-0 run spanning the second and third quarters to take a commanding 38-12 lead.
“Being here in the environment, one mistake turned into another and it was a domino effect,” McCreary said.
The Lady Jacks finally broke the Tiger’s long run with a three-point shot and went on to add another two-point shot in the quarter to bring the score to 40-17 at the end of the third.
Neither team created much offense in the fourth quarter, Quincy scored just a single three-pointer, while the home team added six more points to bring their total to its final of 46.
“Our achilles heel is just pressure,” McCreary said. “As long as we can’t handle pressure, we’re never going to be able to create anything.”
The green and gold return at action at home against Toppenish on Friday, Jan. 10.
By Miles King firstname.lastname@example.org