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Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Quincy Lady Jacks hoops team endures tough weekend

The search for that elusive first conference W continues for the Lady Jacks basketball team.
The team traveled to Selah to play a stout Viking squad on Dec. 4, and dropped that game by a score of 62-21. Then, the next day, Quincy hosted the East Valley-Yakima Red Devils, and lost 57-24.
The Selah team was expected to be “a beast” in the words of Quincy head coach Cory Medina, and his prediction came true.
“They were good,” he said. “We didn’t play too bad, we just didn’t shoot well at all.” The girls played hard against Selah’s six-footers, he added. The shooting woes continued the next day against East Valley.
All told, the Lady Jacks shot 17 percent against Selah (10-3 overall, 10-1 in league) and 19 percent against East Valley (6-7 overall, 4-7 in league), Medina said.
The cold spell of shooting made some of the players a little gun-shy, with Hailey McKee taking only three shots against the Red Devils. All three went in, including two three-pointers, but she did not shoot any more, Medina said.
“I was trying to get her to shoot more,” he said. On the other hand, Emily Wurl and Jane Kennedy weren’t gun-shy at all, Medina said. “They just weren’t falling (in).” Against Selah, Wurl and Kennedy went a combined 3-of-16 from the floor. Against East Valley, they went a combined 2-of-22.
Wurl had 10 points against Selah, followed by Piper Horning with five, and two points apiece for McKee, Jacqueline Dearie and Gaby Arroyo.
On a bit of good news, the Lady Jacks held East Valley to two fewer points than the first time they played each other this season. Back then, East Valley scored 59 points in a 59-44 win.
This time around, though, the Lady Jacks scored 20 fewer points.
“We played well,” Medina said. “We just didn’t score any points. I told the girls it’s not like it was a horrible game. We just didn’t score any buckets.”
Against the Red Devils, McKee had eight points, Corina Cervantes had four, and Dearie had three points. Avery Vander Veen, Arroyo, Kennedy and Wurl had two each, and Horning had one.
On another bit of good news, the Lady Jacks got Brionna Gray back from a concussion and Vander Veen back from family commitments on Saturday against the Red Devils. Hailee Blancas remains sidelined due to academic issues.
“I don’t know if she is going to come back this year,” Medina said. “She’s not very optimistic about it.”
Next up for the Lady Jacks (2-11 overall, 0-11 in league) is a trip to Grandview (7-4 in league, 9-4 overall) on Friday night and a game at home against Prosser (8-3 in league, 10-3 overall) on Saturday.
In December, the Lady Jacks lost to Grandview by 15 and to Prosser by 40 in back-to-back games. The Lady Jacks did not have McKee during the Prosser game, so having her now might help make it a closer game this time, Medina added.

By Sebastian Moraga,