Streak overcomes nervousness, opens with victory
GALESBURG – Eight of 10 members of the Galesburg High School girls’ basketball team who played in Tuesday night’s 2021-22 season opener against Limestone ended up scoring at least two points.
A trio – sophomore Kiarra Kilgore, as well as seniors Abby Davidson and Kadynce Lydic – recorded double-digit scores for the Silver Streaks, and Galesburg took a 66-49 victory over Limestone at John Thiel gym. .
The Silver Streaks started the Thanksgiving shootout against the Rockets a bit sloppy. Galesburg made six turnovers in the first eight minutes, and the Streaks trailed the Rockets 15-13 after the first quarter. The Streaks finished the game with 16 turnovers.
“The first 12 minutes we really struggled,” said Galesburg coach Evan Massey. “Their defense gave us problems and we didn’t perform very well offensively. We just didn’t speak well defensively. We didn’t do our games.”
Facing a 21-16 deficit with 4:19 left in the second quarter, the Streaks went on 13-0 and took a 29-21 lead over the Rockets. It turned out that Galesburg wouldn’t give up on him for the remainder of the contest.
Behind 18 points in the second quarter against eight for Limestone, the Streaks held a 31-23 halftime advantage.
Galesburg opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run, and the Streaks held a 39-23 lead over the Rockets with 5:45 left in the frame. Limestone responded with their own 8-0 streak and Galesburg had a 39-31 advantage with 4:16 left in the third.
The Streaks outscored the Rockets 8-4 from there, and they held a 47-35 lead going into the final eight minutes.
“The end of the second quarter and then the third quarter, I’m very happy with how well we performed,” Massey said.
Galesburg’s defense in the second half gave rise to several opportunities for a quick break against Limestone.
“Offensively they were spreading it out and when we got a save or a rebound we were able to get out and run,” Massey said.
By the numbers
Kilgore led the way for Galesburg with 23 points. She also had eight rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
“I think we played really well together,” said Kilgore. “I thought we had good team chemistry. We moved the ball well and communicated.
“They played a really good defense against us at the start and that pissed us off a bit.”
Davidson finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Lydic scored 10 points for the Streaks.
“Obviously Ki and Abby Davidson dominated offensively,” Massey said. “I thought Kadynce was solid offensively. She hit double digits, and she did a great job defensively and really didn’t come out of the game until the end. It was a pretty tough performance for a first game, and I’m very happy with that. “
Sophomore Alexis Edgerson had six points – four in the fourth quarter – for Galesburg. Junior Juniper Schwartzman scored five points. Seniors Grace Nelson and Abby Lingafelter as well as junior Lilly Clark collected two points each for the Streaks.
Galesburg junior Capre Ferguson didn’t score but she made her presence felt on the glass. She took six rebounds.
“Grace and Abby Lingafelter did a good job handling the ball and helped us get into some things offensively,” Massey said. “I thought (Capre) was a little nervous at first, then played a lot better later. Edgerson and Schwartzman were both really strong in their first varsity game.”
Elder Elly Bentley, who will continue her academic and athletic career at Carl Sandburg College, posted a record 24 points for Limestone. Junior Phoebe Sewell added 12 points for the Rockets.