Short-handed Lady Jacks suffer tough losses
A frustrating weekend of hoops for the Lady Jacks finished with some players in tears and coaches staring at a wall, trying to find answers.
The Lady Jacks, who had shown some signs of life in recent games, struggled on the road against Wapato on Jan. 18, losing 68-20, and then struggled at home against Ellensburg, losing 71-14.
The fact that Wolves and Bulldogs are among the top five teams in the CWAC was of little comfort for the Lady Jacks, who enter the last stretch of games of the 2019 regular season with an 0-15 record, 2-15 overall.
“We just seemed lost,” Quincy head coach Cory Medina said of his players, who closed the game against Ellensburg by scoring no points in the fourth quarter. “We weren’t running plays right, we weren’t hitting shots; it was very overwhelming.”
A speedy Ellensburg team set the tempo early, and the Lady Jacks, playing without Emily Wurl or Piper Horning, struggled to keep up, allowing the Bulldogs to drive to the basket unimpeded.
On the other hand, Hailee Blancas suited up for the Lady Jacks again after a long layoff. Despite the rust, she brought a big presence to the middle against both teams
Nevertheless, both sets of canines took a bite out of the Jacks, who were left scratching their heads.
“The frustrating part is, we sat here and focused on defense because our offense was doing well, we were scoring points,” Medina said. “So we put that defense focus on, and our offense seems to go down.”
Quincy shot 17 percent from the field against Wapato, despite having better luck breaking the Wolves’ press than earlier in the season.
This time against the Wolves, the ball refused to go in.
“We missed about eight layups in the first half,” Medina said. “We just couldn’t make a basket. And I don’t know what to do different. I mean, we are getting all the way to the hoop, that means the offense is working. I can’t put the ball in the basket for ‘em.”
Statistics for the game against the Wapato Wolves were not available prior to press time.
Against Ellensburg, Medina suspected the percentage was even lower than 17 percent. Jane Kennedy led the team with eight points, followed by Bryonna Gray with five and Sheridan Donovan with one.
Next up for the Lady Jacks are three teams that are on the bottom half of the CWAC standings. First, the team will face seventh-place Ephrata (5-10, 5-12 overall) on the Lady Tigers’ Senior Night on Jan. 25. Then, the team travels to Othello (3-12, 3-14 overall, eighth place) on Jan. 26 for the Lady Huskies’ Senior Night.
The season ends with the Lady Jacks’ Senior Night on Jan. 29, the next-to-last varsity basketball game in the 64-season history of Woodworth Court, against ninth-place Toppenish, holders of a 2-13 mark in league, 2-15 overall. .
Tip-off is at 5:45 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com