Lady Rocks impose their will on Sherrard


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Posted Online: Jan. 12, 2013, 10:33 pm
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By Jeff Wendland, wendland@qconline.com
SHERRARD -- The object of Rock Island girls' basketball coach Thad Hoover's new system is to make the opposition uncomfortable. Did they ever accomplish that goal on Saturday.

The Lady Rocks made the short trip to Sherrard's Harry Hunt Gym for a battle of the area's two winningest teams and came away with a convincing 78-60 victory.

"It's really the same for every team in football and basketball that your goal is to impose your will on the other team,'' Hoover said. "Our goal is to make the opposition as uncomfortable as possible. We got into a nice rhythm in the first half and caused them a lot of trouble."

That is putting it mildly.

The Tigers (19-2) were hanging tough late in the first quarter, trailing 15-13, before the Lady Rocks (20-2) finished with a 6-0 flurry to up the lead to eight after one. Then, the onslaught began. Forcing 14 second-quarter turnovers, Rock Island outscored Sherrard 23-4 to take a 44-17 halftime lead. The Tigers didn't even get off their first second-quarter shot until 3½ minutes had been played.

"I thought we came out ready to play and started well,'' Sherrard coach Doug Swanson said. "Then, they made a run and we didn't respond. We didn't do the things we need to do and we fell into their style of game. They can do that to you and you have to find a way to get it stopped, which we didn't.''

The Lady Rocks used their tenacious defense to force 34 turnovers, of which 21 were Rocky steals. Taking full advantage of that was sensational senior Shavonne Brewer who finished with a game-best 23 points and had five of those thefts. Cairece Allen led the way with seven steals and turned three of those into easy assists for layups.

"We didn't play very well on defense against Alleman on Thursday and we had to prove to coach and ourselves that we can do it,'' Brewer said. "I'm not sure if that second quarter was our best of the season but it is right up there. When we're going good, we let our defense turn into offense."

When the Rocks weren't scoring off the break, Shamia Clark was dominating in the paint. Clark, who had a big second half in Thursday's win over Alleman, grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds and scored seven points for the balanced RI attack.

"I thought we played like we really wanted it (Saturday),'' Clark said. "The last couple of games have been pretty good for me, but I still know I can be better. With the style we play, I understand the guards pressure the ball and I stay back in the lane and get rebounds."

Hoover likes the way she's been doing that. "Shamia is capable of that all the time. I could tell she was ready for a big game."

The Tigers played better in the second half, thanks in large part to making seven of eight 3-point shots. Carly Adams had 17 of her 19 points after intermission and Erin Barton hit four triples for 12. Riley Strandgard and Anne Winston (10 rebounds) had 11 points each.

"We talked about that at halftime,'' Swanson said. "We wanted to play the way we play and see if we could get some things accomplished. We got it to 14 or 15 a couple of times, but Rocky has been there before and each time they opened it back up."






BASKETBALL
Prep girls
Rock Island 78, Sherrard 60
ROCK ISLAND (20-2)
Brewer 9-17 5-5 0 0 23, Trice 0-1 0-0 1 2 0, Parker 2-3 2-2 0 1 7, Hoover 3-9 0-0 1 2 8, Jackson 2-6 1-4 2 7 5, M. Twing 1-1 0-0 1 0 3, Thompson 0-2 0-0 1 1 0, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, J. Twing 1-8 0-0 0 2 3, Clark 3-8 1-1 1 11 7, Quinn 3-4 1-2 0 2 8, Singleton 2-4 0-1 0 2 4, Allen 0-2 3-4 3 1 3, McDuffy 0-1 2-4 2 2 2, Young 1-1 0-0 1 2 2, Myers 1-1 1-1 1 2 3. Totals 28-59 16-24 14 37 78.
SHERRARD (19-2)
Adams 7-12 2-2 0 4 19, Barton 4-7 0-0 4 5 12, Strandgard 3-6 4-4 2 1 11, Calderone 2-4 0-0 5 4 4, Winston 4-10 3-6 3 10 11, Steser 0-0 0-1 2 5 0, Redpath 0-0 1-2 0 1 1, Crippen 1-1 0-0 2 2 2. Totals 21-40 10-15 18 34 60.
Rock Island    21    23    17    17--78
Sherrard    13    4    24    19--60
3s: RI 6-25 (Hoover 2-6, J. Twing 1-6, Parker 1-2, M. Twing 1-1, Quinn 1-1, Brewer 0-4, Singleton 0-2, Thompson 0-1, Allen 0-1, McDuffy 0-1), Sherrard 8-12 (Barton 4-6, Adams 3-4, Strandgard 1-2). Assists: RI 10 (Allen, M. Twing 3), Sherrard 6 (Strandgard 3). Steals: RI 21 (Allen 7, Brewer 5), Sherrard 2 (Strandgard, Redpath 1). Turnovers: RI 13, Sherrard 35. Technical foul: RI bench.

Sophomore girls
Rock Island 61, Sherrard 20
ROCK ISLAND (19-3)
Parker 4 0-2 2 10, Hoover 1 0-0 0 3, Quinn 0 1-3 1 1, McDuiffy 1 2-2 0 5, Miles 1 0-0 1 2, Anderson 2 1-2 1 5, Robinson 0 1-2 0 1, Jones 2 2-2 0 8, Davis 4 1-1 0 10, Young 1 0-0 0 2, Randle 2 1-1 2 5, Morrison 0 0-0 0 0, Trice 1 0-0 0 3, Myers 1 0-0 0 2, Hamilton 1 0-0 3 2, Taylor 0 0-0 0 0, Jackson 1 0-0 0 2. Totals 22 9-15 10 61.
SHERRARD
Meyers 1 1-1 2 3, Lynch 1 0-0 1 2, Hotelsted 0 1-2 1 1, Hutton 4 0-0 0 8, Crippen 1 1-2 1 3, Crsco 0 0-0 2 0, Lowery 0 1-2 0 1, Avila 1 0-0 2 2, Hutchinson 0 0-0 0 0, Molberg 0 0-2 1 0. Totals 8 4-9 10 20.
Rock Island    23    13    15    10--61
Sherrard     2     7     5     6--20
3s: RI 8 (Parker 2, Jones 2, Hoover, Davis, McDuffy, Trice).












 




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