Sunday, January 9, 2011

ONU, Galesburg HS roll to victories; Glenville State, Eisenhower HS lose

The NAIA women's team at Olivet Nazarene returned to action from the holiday break Saturday, and the results nearly were the same was when we left the Tigers. They jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back, beating Lindenwood-Belleville 118-69 in the friendly confines of McHie Arena.

This appears to have been a perfect way to get back into the swing of The System; Lindenwood-Belleville (4-16) is a program in its infancy, so it is likely the players weren't quite ready for the type of pressure ONU was going to bring. The margin quickly ballooned in the first half, going from 13-2 to 23-4 before it stabilized a bit with Tigers coach Doug Porter subbing even more liberally than normal: all 15 players saw between 6 and 8 minutes of run, and that continued for the remainder of the game.

Lexie Heinold made the most of her time, making six 3-pointers and finishing with 18 points to lead ONU. Five teammates joined her in double figures, including Holly Schacht (15 points), Simone Coburn (14), Taylor Haymes (12, all on 3s), Malory Adam (11) and Stephanie Denius (10).

Danielle Pipal, whom I enjoy referring to as the "glue" for the team, got hers in only 10 minutes of play, finishing with six points, three rebounds (all offensive), three assists and NINE steals. Pretty amazing, right? Lisa Beyer dropped five dimes (assists, remember?) and added four steals for Coach Porter.

Here are The Formula stats:

- Attempted 111 shots
- Attempted 73 3-pointers
- Rebounded 45 percent of the misses on offense
- Forced 42 turnovers
- Attempted 35 more shots than the Lynx

All in all, a nice effort for the Tigers, who have averaged 116 points in their three-game winning streak that began on the trip to Hawaii. They open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Tuesday night, at home, against Roosevelt University, with tip scheduled for 8 p.m. EST. Best of luck to Coach Porter and ONU.

At Galesburg (Ill.) HS on Saturday, the girls' team coached by Evan Massey continued to march through its schedule, improving to 16-3 with a 68-48 non-conference victory over Queen of Peace. The Streaks trailed at the half after an uninspired effort in the opening two quarters before responding with a dominant third quarter: they outscored the Pride 24-8 to regain control and held on to win their 11th consecutive game.

Jessica Howard and Paige Klinck each made four 3-pointers as Galesburg finished 14-for-61 on the game, guaranteeing free cheeseburgers for the members of its "Three-diculous" club at school. Oh, c'mon, surely you know that anytime the Streaks make at least 13 3s, the local McDonald's donates the burgers to the members? OK, good, you had me worried.

Here are the other stats:

- Attempted 77 shots (goal is 72)
- Attempted 61 3-pointers (goal is 36)
- Rebounded 31 percent of the misses on offense (goal is 40 percent)
- Forced 32 turnovers (goal is 26)
- Attempted 34 more shots than Queen of Peace (goal is 20)

Nice effort for the Streaks, who host Quincy on Thursday night in the Western Big 6. Go, Galesburg!

Meanwhile, things didn't go quite so well for the NCAA Division II women's team at Glenville State, who lost its second consecutive game on the road in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday, falling to conference leader West Liberty 84-63.

The Hilltoppers (11-1, 6-0 WVIAC) used a 15-2 run early in the game to take control, then steadily pulled away in the second half. Danielle Woodmore led the Pioneers (8-5, 6-2) with 16 points, with Tenisha Wilson and Kristen Golden adding 13 apiece.

The Formula:

- Attempted 91 shots
- Attempted 19 3-pointers (only made one)
- Rebounded 37 percent of the misses on offense
- Forced 24 turnovers
- Attempted 13 more shots than West Liberty

Coach Bunky Harkleroad and his team return to the court Monday, at home, against Charleston, the beginning of a busy week at home. Bluefield State comes into town Thursday, followed by Fairmont State next Saturday. Here's hoping Glenville State gets rolling again.

The boys' team at Eisenhower HS in Blue Island, Ill., lost a tough one Friday night to defending Class 3A state champ Hillcrest 90-72. Here were the numbers:

- Attempted 73 shots (goal is 80)
- Attempted 35 3-pointers (goal is 40 percent of total shots, this was 51 percent)
- Rebounded 25 percent of the misses on offense
- Forced 24 turnovers (goal is 26)
- Attempted four fewer shots than Hillcrest (goal is 24 more)

Here is the report from coach Mike Curta: "Best team that we will play all year and it was obvious. Their Division I point guard was unflustered all night. We just aren’t at the point where we will 'let go' and take chances, gamble and be aggressive. We play tentative, 'not to get beat' too much in the press and we lose our edge. We will get there for several possessions but definitely not enough to overcome the disparity in talent that we saw tonight.

"They also had a D-I big, 6-foot-6 who we didn’t challenge and make work enough up and down the floor. Just got physically dominated which has happened a few times with the number of sophomores that we put out on the floor.

"Not crushed or terribly disappointed, I know that we will get better with System basketball. One of the things that we cannot make big strides in right now is our lack of strength and fundamental skill in our young kids. That will show in a big jump over the offseason we anticipate with these kids."

Next up for the the Cardinals is a trip to Bremen on Wednesday, where Coach Curta previously coached. Hope he and Eisenhower get it going again.

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