Lady Eagles falter in February

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Elizabeth Liptak (13) of Streator avoids the defender trying to steal the ball in a game against Kishwaukee College on Feb. 7

Josh Dillon, IVLeader Sports Editor

Two straight conference losses for the Lady Eagles were a wakeup call as they dropped back to back games against Black Hawk College on the road and Kishwaukee College at home.

The game at Black Hawk on Feb. 2 was pretty ugly, as a barrage of three pointers by the Braves doomed the team from the start as they lost 82-63.

Despite Jo Nash’s 21 points, the Lady Eagles were unable to rally well enough to beat a dominant team on the road.

The next game for the Lady Eagles at Olive Harvey on Feb. 4 had to be cancelled due to lack of officials.

The game against Kishwaukee College at home on Feb. 7 was the same outcome, different story.

The first game on the road against the Cougars was cancelled and rescheduled due to inclement weather, so this was the first time the teams had met this season.

Alycia Welch was prominent in the first half, scoring 10 of her 12 points on the game, but faded quickly after halftime.

Head coach Pat Cinotte had this to say on the loss, “We didn’t play hard the second half. We’re not going to win games if we throw the ball around and not rebound.”

“The wake-up call happened [Feb. 2 at Black Hawk]. We need to turn this around [by Feb. 9]. We need to play tougher and we need to play smarter.

The team turned it around a bit in their next game, getting a win against Highland College on the road 67-55.

Jo Nash had 17 points in the win, making 75 percent of her three point shots as well. Julie Haye had 16 and Welch added 14 in the win.

Shelia Klieber had 13 rebounds in the game, Emma Darby followed with 10, and Haye finished with 7.

The next game for the Lady Eagles is the rescheduled Kishwaukee game on the road on Feb. 18.

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