Droughts in scoring end Moline's season


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Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2013, 11:16 pm
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By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
PEORIA -- Seconds into the second half, the Moline girls basketball team had the Maroon faithful believing in an upset.

When Emily Knight drained a 3 on the Maroons' first possession of the second half, the sub-.500 Moline girls had the hosts, and No. 8 state-ranked Richwoods Knights on the ropes.

The rest of the game was all Richwoods, though, and the Knights advanced to play in the Richwoods 4A Regional championship on Friday night after dispatching Moline, 52-34.

Knight's basket was one of just two Moline made in the third quarter, as MHS shot just 18-percent from the floor in the second half. That allowed Richwoods to go on a 14-0 run in the third and 9-0 run in the fourth to keep the Maroons from their fifth straight sectional title contest.

"I'm proud of the kids and we played one of the better teams in the state pretty even through the first half," Moline coach Steve Ford said. "When you play against good teams, though, you can't make too many mistakes and you have to do a lot of things right."

The Maroons turned the ball over 21 times, and although Knight did a nice job of keeping Richwoods' super-soph Olivia Elger from making a lot of baskets, just 4-for-14, she still scored a game-high 18 points thanks to proficient free-throw shooting.

As a group, Richwoods made good on 19 of 24 free throw attempts, and outrebounded Moline 37-25. The Knights put in a full-court press that caught the Maroons a little off-guard and contributed to the large number of turnovers, but it also kept Moline from scoring.

The Maroons had droughts of 4:18, 5:00 and 6:47 at different points throughout the game and those empty periods spelled disaster.

None of the Maroons got into double-figures, although seniors Knight, Morgan Gerard and Jordan de los Reyes ended their Moline hoops careers sharing team-high honors with six points each.

"You know the season is going to come to an end at some point, but I don't think you're ever ready for it," Ford said. "We felt confident coming in, and we left it out on the floor. That's all you can ask."

Moline certainly had its ups and downs this season, going 7-18 before reeling off four wins in its last five games before Tuesday.

"The kids had a great attitude and worked extremely hard no matter what our record was," Ford said. "We had a hard stretch and they never got down."

As Moline turns the page, it can look at a sophomore class that won more than 20 games and had the three best sophomores playing up with the varsity.

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
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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