Sherrard overpowers Alleman


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Posted Online: Dec. 03, 2012, 10:19 pm
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By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
The Sherrard girls' basketball team stayed perfect while Alleman struggled down the stretch again.

The Tigers went on the road and downed the Pioneers 65-56 in comeback fashion, using an 11-2 run at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth to get the lead they needed at Don Morris Gym on Monday.For the second time in a week, Alleman led late in the third quarter, only to fall behind and not be able to catch up.

Riley Strandgard led the Tigers (7-0) by being the most aggressive player on the court, getting Sherrard into the game after playing passively in the first quarter.

Strandgard scored nine of her 17 points in the final three minutes of the first quarter, setting the tone for her teammates who followed right behind her. Both Carly Adams and Erin Barton scored 17 points as well, but all of them came after Strandgard had opened the door.

"We came out maybe a little intimidated, but we settled down and really played well the last three quarters," Sherrard coach Doug Swanson said. "The girls feed off Riley, and when they saw she wasn't intimidated, they felt more comfortable about being aggressive."

Against Moline on Thursday, Alleman went seven minutes without a basket to end the third and start the fourth, and it happened again on Monday. The Pioneers got just two baskets in nearly seven minutes of play as the Tigers went on a 19-5 run in that stretch.

"Their kids believed they were going to win tonight, and good teams do that," Alleman coach Jay Hatch said. "We hung in there, but we just didn't have enough.

"I'm never happy when we lose, but I'm encouraged by how we played. We're not far away."

The Pioneers tried to claw back, getting as close as five points with four minutes left, but never had the ball with a chance to get closer. Shelby Calderone and Strandgard put in buckets to get the game back to nine points.

"Our defense won us the game," said Strandgard, who had a game-high five steals and eight rebounds. "We played more as a team and more aggressive after the first quarter. If we weren't going to be strong, the game wasn't going to go our way."

Erin Morrisey continued to impress for the Pioneers as she scored a game-high 18 points. Maddie McGuire chipped in 12, and Anne Bohnert added 10 for Alleman.

The Pioneers got beat in rebounding 26-19; shot poorly from the foul line, 17-27; and had 21 turnovers. The Tigers, on the other hand, knocked down 10-of-16 free throws in the fourth and 17-of-23 for the game. That's quite the turnaround after shooting just 19-of-43 against Macomb last week.

The Pioneers will have to lick their wounds quickly with United Township coming to Don Morris Gym on Thursday for a Western Big 6 Conference game. Alleman will play three games over the next 10 days before having nearly a two-week break heading into the State Farm Holiday Classic after Christmas.

















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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