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Posted on Jan 1, 2019

Quincy girls basketball team shows improvement in loss to Othello

A short-handed Quincy girls basketball squad still managed to make a game out of it against the Othello Huskies Dec. 21, losing 65-45.
The 45 points were the most the Lady Jacks have scored this season against a league opponent.
“I thought the girls played great,” Quincy head coach Cory Medina said. “We played hard, we were aggressive, we went to the free-throw line a bunch of times.”
They did all that with Hailee Blancas sidelined with academic issues, Bryonna Gray sidelined with a possible concussion, and Avery Vander Veen sidelined with a case of holiday-family-trip-itis.
Two players from junior varsity filled out the bench, and got a little playing time to give the other varsity players a rest, Medina said.

Jane Kennedy tries to drive past an Othello player during the Lady Jacks’ home loss to the Lady Huskies.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

Medina said things will go differently when the two teams meet again in late January, with all three missing players back.
After losing to Ephrata, the team upped the intensity against Othello, going to the basket more often, and trying to get Othello players in foul trouble.
“Against Ephrata we shot two free throws,” Medina said. “Against Othello we shot 19.”
Emily Wurl led the Lady Jacks with 19 points, followed by Corina Cervantes with nine, Jane Kennedy with seven, Gaby Arroyo and Hailey McKee with four and Jacqueline Dearie with two.
Next up for the Quincy Lady Jacks, (0-8 in league, 2-8 overall) are the Toppenish Wildcats, an aggressive team that’s also trying to climb out of the cellar.
The Wildcats are 1-7 in league and 1-8 overall.
“They will play man-to-man, they will be aggressive, so it should be right along our style,” Medina said.
Tipoff against the Wildcats at Toppenish High is 5:45 p.m.
After Toppenish, the team visits Selah on Jan. 4.
In other news, Medina said that veteran Ivania Chavez is out for the season.
Chavez, a senior, injured her knee during the offseason, and chose to try try and rehab her knee thoroughly instead of trying to make a comeback.
“She doesn’t want to try to risk it,” Medina said. “And I don’t blame her.”

By Sebastian Moraga,