Slow first quarter dooms Lady Jacks against EHS
For three quarters, the 2-6 Quincy Lady Jacks gave the 2-6 Lady Tigers plenty to handle.
In the second quarter, Quincy outscored Ephrata 3-0. And in the second half, the two teams tied at 19 points apiece.
That would have made for a heck of a game by the Lady Jacks. Alas, the games have four quarters, and in the first quarter, Ephrata outscored Quincy 20-4.
As a result, Quincy dropped to 2-7, losing to their archrivals 39-26 in front of a large crowd on Dec. 18.
Nerves may have gotten the best of the Lady Jacks in the first quarter, head coach Cory Medina, and that resulted in a flat effort.
“It’s all about being aggressive,” Medina said. “If they have confidence in themselves and are aggressive in going to the hoop, then things start to happen for them.”
The message finally clicked in the second quarter, with the Lady Jacks playing a more aggressive brand of defense and that paid off, blanking the Tigers.
Medina praised his team for playing better than they did over last weekend, when the team lost 78-38 to Wapato and 77-23 to Ellensburg, both games on the road and back-to-back.
“We didn’t play too bad against Wapato,” Medina said, “Of course that doesn’t show in the score, but against Ellensburg, we got beat up.”
Against Ephrata, Emily Wurl led the team with seven points. Jacqueline Dearie had six points, and Avery Vander Veen had five points. Jane Kennedy had four, Corina Cervantes had two, as did Piper Horning.
The injury bug continues to bother the Lady Jacks, who lost Brionna Grey to the concussion protocol during the Ephrata game and will likely sit out the next few games. Hailee Blancas remains academically ineligible. Vander Veen will not play against Othello on Dec. 21, due to a family commitment, so the Lady Jacks may be three players short when the Huskies come to town.
“We will have to rotate faster, give players rests,” Medina said. “Stay confident, be aggressive and I think we will do fine.”
Tip-off is 5:45 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com