The final score points to an extremely up-tempo, exciting game for high school girls. It appears the reality was something a bit different.
The girls' team at Galesburg (Ill.) HS lost for only the second time in nine games when Rock Island left John Thiel Gymnasium with an 86-78 victory Thursday night in the Western Big 6. The Rocks run their own version of The System, so this one figured to be one of the higher-scoring games of the season.
And it was, even if it was for the wrong reasons. The teams combined for 78 turnovers and 60 fouls, according to various reports, and the game took nearly two hours; Silver Streaks coach Evan Massey estimated most games take about 45 minutes less.
Still, Rock Island won for the first time in 20 years at Galesburg.
Shavonee Brewer went 10-for-10 at the free throw line and scored 21 points for the Rocks (7-0, 3-0 WB6), who are ranked eighth in Class 4A in Illinois. The Streaks, a classification lower in 3A, are fifth.
Galesburg (7-2, 2-1) appeared in control in the third quarter, leading 52-41 with Brewer in foul trouble with four fouls. Rock Island responded with a 20-0 run to end the quarter, taking command and never giving up the lead. The Streaks got within two a couple of times down the stretch, but the Rocks held on.
Jessica Lieber, the 1,000-point scorer, led Galesburg with 16 points, and Sharron Diggins and Rainee Sibley added 10 each. The Streaks go on the road for the first time this season Saturday, traveling to Maine South, another highly ranked 4A team. I'm rooting for Galesburg, of course. Best of luck.