Tuesday was a huge day for The System, with so many of our favorite teams taking the court that it was hard to keep track. Have no fear, I was able to do it. And for a little surprise, I will start with the lone high school, the Galesburg (Ill.) girls' team coached by Evan Massey.
GALESBURG HS GIRLS' TEAM
The Silver Streaks opened their season against Dunlap, a team that gave them fits last season. This one was no different.
Galesburg trailed by seven at half, by nine heading into the fourth quarter and by 12 with about 4 minutes remaining in the game. That is when things finally turned around, and it all started with (what else?) a 3-pointer from Sadee Hamilton.
The Streaks eventually got within two with less than 5 seconds on the clock and ran a nifty inbounds play. Emma Junk cut open to the basket and took a pass, leaving the Dunlap defender with no choice but to foul. She made both shots to tie it up, and after Galesburg's Sharron Diggins stole the ensuing inbounds pass, the ball found its way to Jessica Lieber.
Keep in mind that up to the is point, Jessica was 3-for-22 from beyond the arc. I'm sure she had no time to think about that or anything else as she launched another shot from several steps behind the 3-point line.
The ball swished through at the buzzer, giving the Streaks a thrilling 72-69 victory. Amazing.
Here are The Formula stats, and Galesburg reached all its goals:
- Attempted 79 shots
- Attempted 60 3-pointers
- Rebounded 47 percent of its misses
- Forced 31 turnovers
- Attempted 29 more shots than Dunlap
There is very little time to celebrate for Jessica and her teammates, however, with another game Thursday night against Metamora. The best of luck to Coach Massey and his team.
GLENVILLE STATE NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S TEAM
Tenisha Wilson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pioneers hold on for a 90-88 victory over Ohio Valley on Tuesday night in the opener of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
What do I mean by hold on?
Glenville State opened a 54-31 lead at halftime, thanks mainly to some wonderful shooting and aggressive defense. The Pioneers made 19-of-41 shots overall, and 10-of-21 on 3s, in that opening 20 minutes while forcing 17 turnovers. It all combined to give them a lopsided edge at the break.
Ohio Valley stormed back, even if the final margin is a bit deceiving. Tara Benedict made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring Ohio Valley within those two points.
Beth Deren added 17 points for Glenville State (2-1, 1-0), Kenyell Goodson had 15, Mishae Miles finished with 12 and Danielle Woodmore scored 10.
Here are the other important numbers for the Pioneers:
- Attempted 80 shots
- Attempted 37 3-pointers
- Rebounded 30 percent of their own misses
- Forced 29 turnovers
- Attempted one more shot than Ohio Valley
The season-opening road trip continues for Glenville State on Saturday, when it stays in the WVIAC and travels to Wheeling Jesuit. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
OLIVET NAZARENE NAIA WOMEN'S TEAM
The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season on the road at unbeaten St. Catherine, with the final score of 113-78 Tuesday night in Kentucky. Full stats aren't available, although I did see a mention that ONU (3-1) was 11-for-50 on 3-pointers.
Apparently, St. Catherine scrimmaged against Glenville State to prepare for coach Doug Porter's team, and it appears to have paid off.
The Tigers return to action at home Saturday, playing St. Ambrose University. The tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.
JACKSON (MICH.) COMMUNITY COLLEGE NJCAA WOMEN'S TEAM
The Jets, coached by Andy Hoaglin, had a tough trip on the road to play the Davenport University JV team Tuesday night, and the Panthers came out on top 87-82.
Obviously a close game. Davi'elle Thomas led the way with 18 points, Nicole Wurster had 17, Jessica Vidalez added 12 and Kelsey White finished with 10. This was the first time in three games (2-1) that Jackson CC was held to less than 100 points. It shot 12-of-49 on 3-pointers and attempted 85 total shots.
The Jets take the court again Friday at home against the Indiana Institute of Technology JV team, with the game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S TEAM
The Aggies played much better in their second game, even if they still came up on the short side of the scoreboard. Precious Herrin scored 34 points to help Eastern New Mexico beat OPSU 100-96 Tuesday night in Portales, N.M.
Teenie Kent led the Aggies with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Camille Washington added 18. Here are their other numbers:
- Attempted 99 shots
- Attempted 49 3-pointers
- Rebounded 35 percent of their own misses
- Forced 34 turnovers
- Attempted 24 more shots than Eastern New Mexico
As you can see, pretty good numbers for a first-year team playing only its second System game. OPSU gets back at it Friday night against Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas, with the game scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EST.
KNOX NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S TEAM
The System opener for coach Emily Cline and the Prairie Fire was a tough one, with Cornell College jumping out to an early lead and holding on for a 107-67 victory Tuesday night.
Abby Owens led Knox with 13 points, with Krystyna Williams adding 12. Here is The Formula stuff:
- Attempted 93 shots
- Attempted 52 3-pointers
- Rebounded 41 percent of its own misses
- Forced 33 turnovers
- Attempted 22 more shots than Cornell
All in all, not a terrible effort, given where the numbers were. And that is an important piece to playing this wonderful style. The Prairie Fire next play at Eureka College on Thursday, with the game scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EST.
Best of luck to all the teams, and I will check back in later.