Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 11:32 pm

Maroons go cold in loss to Blue Devils

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By Matt Schuckman

QUINCY -- The bus carrying the Moline girls basketball team on its Western Big 6 Conference road trip Thursday didn't have any heat.

So Quincy provided some.

The Blue Devils' relentless pressure defense ultimately took a toll as Quincy closed the game on a 16-4 run to earn a 46-34 victory at the QHS gym and move into a tie in the WB6 standings with Moline.

"The difference the whole game was Quincy's ability to pressure us defensively,'' said Moline coach Steve Ford, whose team committed 21 turnovers. "It comes down to taking care of the basketball. Unfortunately, we didn't handle their pressure.''

The victory pushed the Blue Devils (11-10, 2-6 WB6) above .500 this late in the season for the first time in three years.

"The girls are finally getting the message of playing under control and playing poised,'' said Quincy coach Demond Dade, whose team led at the end of every quarter. "We were able to extend our lead and keep it. The girls played together really well.''

Quincy came out of the locker room at halftime with a one-point lead, extended it to as many as five points in the third quarter and watched Moline rally to tie the game at 30 on Morgan Gerard's two free throws with 1:16 to go in the period.

Thirty seconds later, Regan Wellman buried a 3-pointer from the left corner to start the 16-4 run. Quincy went 5 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 from the line over the final nine minutes.

The Blue Devils held the Maroons scoreless for the game's final 4:50. Moline (7-18, 2-6) missed 10 shots and turned the ball over three times in that stretch.

The Maroons turned the ball over 21 times and shot just 27.5 percent from the field.

Quincy also outrebounded Moline 33-30.

"Although we were aggressive and fought on the offensive side, we allowed the second and third chance on the defensive side,'' Ford said. "Turnovers and rebounding, that's the difference.''