Where to start? The girls' team at Galesburg (Ill.) HS had a record-setting day on Day 2 of a Christmas tournament in Charleston, Ill., putting up numbers that even I, a devoted a follower of the Streaks and The System, have a difficult time believing.
Galesburg again had a doubleheader, an amazing phenomenon in and of itself, and coach Evan Massey's team took care of business. In the morning, the Streaks made an Illinois record 21 3-pointers in a 88-57 victory over Paris, with Jessica Lieber and Jessica Howard making six apiece. Jamie Johnson and Mickey Rodriguez added three each, Allison Mangieri had two and Tai Peachey connected on one.
And before we go any further, here are The Goals from the opener:
- Attempted 70 shots (goal is 72)
- Attemtped 58 3-pointers (goal is 36)
- Rebounded 44 percent of the misses on offense (goal is 40 percent)
- Forced 32 turnovers (goal is 26)
- Attempted 14 more shots than Paris (goal is 20)
Peachey added seven assists and five of Galesburg's 26 steals, and Sadee Hamilton finished with five steals, as well. Where to go for an encore?
Well, the Streaks tied their hours-old mark of 21 3-pointers and gained a new record for attempts with 72 in a 75-33 victory over Rantoul later in the day. Yep, you read that correctly. A total of 42 treys in consecutive games for Galesburg, and three state records. And, of course, the 72 attempts breaks a number set last season by the very same team. Wow, right?
With the score out of hand (it was 51-14 at one point), Coach Massey pulled off the full-court pressure for the final three quarters. Here are The Goals:
- Attempted 82 shots (goal is 72)
- Attempted 72 3-pointers (goal is 36)
- Rebounded 42 percent of the misses on offense (goal is 40 percent)
- Forced 24 turnovers
- Attempted 22 more shots than Rantoul (goal is 20)
Hamilton had seven rebounds in the nightcap, and Peachey dropped seven dimes. Nice.
The Streaks (13-2), who have won eight consecutive games and 12 of their past 13, move on to the championship game, where they will face the Wooden Shoes of Teutopolis (I am not making that up). Game time is set for 8 p.m. EST. The best of luck to Coach Massey and his team.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, the boys' team at Eisenhower HS in Blue Island, Ill., lost its tournament opener in Milwaukee by the score of 79-77. I wasn't able to find the opponent, but coach Mike Curta sent along The Formula stats:
- Attempted 55 shots (goal is 80)
- Attempted 56 percent of its shots on 3-pointers (goal is 40 percent)
- Rebounded 44 percent of the misses on offense (goal is 35 percent)
- Forced 11 turnovers (goal is 26)
- Attempted the same number of shots as the opponent (goal is 24 more)
Tough night for Coach Curta. The Cardinals (7-8) get a quick chance to get back on the winning track in the consolation game Wednesday. Check back for an update.