Monday, November 21, 2011

ONU gets back on track with pair of Ws, Glenville State moves to 2-0 in WVIAC, Galesburg HS off to white-hot start

Back to game updates, while still digesting Grinnell's Griffin Lentsch scoring 89 points over the weekend ...


What a difference in halves for the Tigers on Monday night in a game against Cardinal Stritch in McHie Arena. The first half was all System: ONU made 25-of-52 from the field, including 14-of-31 on 3-pointers, had 18 assists, forced 24 turnovers and came up with 15 steals.

Remember, this all is in the opening 20 minutes, halftime came with the Tigers leading 67-33. What kind of numbers would coach Doug Porter's team put up with another half such as that?

It simply wasn't to be. Oh, sure, ONU (5-1) still won handily, and that certainly is the most important thing. The shooting really fell off in the second half, and I missed so much of it online I don't have an explanation. Following the break, the Wolves outscored ONU 43-27, thanks mostly to the shots simply not falling for the home team.

The Tigers finished 8-for-51 in the second half (15.7 percent), and made only 2-of-33 (6.1 percent) on shots from behind the arc. Only the continued defensive pressure kept the margin comfortable, as Cardinal Stritch suffered 20 turnovers after halftime.

So, for those of you who flunked math in the third grade, the final was 94-76 ONU. Danielle Tolbert led the way with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals, all in 13 minutes of playing time.

This was the second consecutive victory for Coach Porter and his team. They handled Saint Ambrose University 114-91 on Saturday, with Holly Schacht leading the way with 23 points. Four of her teammates also reached double figures: Tolbert (15 points), Denita Phelps (12), Jaimie Buckman (11) and Stephanie Denius (10).

The Tigers forced 42 turnovers, attempted 102 shots and generally got after Saint Ambrose.

Next up for ONU is a visit from McKendree University next Tuesday, Nov. 29. I hope Coach Porter and his team have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


The Pioneers, coached by Bunky Harkleroad, traveled on the road in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday. Glenville State rallied in the second half to win 107-93, with Danielle Woodmore leading the way with 20 points, 10 assists and eight steals. Quite a performance.

She wasn't the only one who put up some numbers. Mishae Miles had 18 points and seven rebounds, Tenisha Wilson came through with 16 and 11 and Ginny Petties (15 points) and Beth Deren (14 points) combined to make nine 3s.

Oh, and Kenyell Goodson added 11 points. The Pioneers (3-1, 2-0 WVIAC) certainly spread the wealth in their second game without guard Tiffani Huffman, who injured her shoulder earlier in the week against Ohio Valley. Huffman most often came off the bench and provided a spark, and replacing her in the rotation is important for Coach Harkleroad.

After four games away from home, Glenville State returns to the friendly confines of Jesse R. Lilly Gym on Tuesday when Concord University comes in to town. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m., and the best of luck to the Pioneers.


The Silver Streaks opened play with four games in five nights in the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament, and after the dust settled, they were 4-0. What a start.

Perhaps the latest victory will show more than any other was a talented team coach Evan Massey has. Galesburg beat third-ranked Springfield 84-79 Saturday night, using a big second half to win again.

The Senators actually led 41-32 early in the third quarter before the Streaks bounced back, finishing the period on a 28-4 run to lead 60-45. They hit 6-of-11 on 3-pointers in the third, with three coming from Sharron Diggins, and used their press to frustrate Springfield's talented point guard, Zahre Medley.

Medley, someone Coach Massey has said in a NCAA Division I recruit, scored 25 points, but few were easy against Galesburg's defense.

Earlier in the tournament, the Streaks made an amazing 13 consecutive shots at one point to dispatch Metamora 89-64 on Thursday night, then outscored East Peoria 24-10 in the fourth quarter in a 63-44 victory Friday night.

So that's four up and four down for the Streaks, who open Western Big 6 play Tuesday night on the road at Moline. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST. Go Streaks!


Unfortunately, I don't have the full stats, but Jackon improved its record to 3-1 Friday night with a 90-70 victory over the JV team from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Next up for the Jets is a visit from the JV team at Calvin College on Tuesday night, with tip scheduled for 6 p.m. EST. I wish coach Andy Hoaglin and his team a lot luck.

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