It's said that all good things must come to an end, and Peoria Richwoods put an end to Rock Island's perfect season.|
The Rocky girls basketball team fell in the semifinals of the State Farm Holiday Classic to the Knights, 75-54, and learned a lesson about how guards can change the game.
Richwoods' two guards, Brenna Detra (19) and Olivia Elger (30), combined for 49 points and shot 70 percent from the field to lead the Knights.They also did an effective job of shutting down Rocky star, Shavonne Brewer, who ended with a team-high 12 points but only took four shots in the second half, making just one.
Rocky (16-1) led 25-10 late in the first quarter, before Elger went off for eight points in the final 48 seconds. In the third quarter, Richwoods outscored Rock Island 24-6, putting their signature on the game.
The Rocks will play at noon today in the third-place game against Springfield, which lost to Champaign Centennial, 60-54, in the nightcap.
"That was our first time seeing a 1-3-1 zone, and when you get into a tournament like this you don't really have time to scout them," Rocky coach Thad Hoover said. "I'm not disappointed with the effort; we got beat by a good team."
The Rocks shot just 36 percent from the floor, although Cairece Allen was 2-for-3 from the field and made both free throws she took for eight points. Mercedes Jackson added seven points and a team-high six rebounds, but there wasn't enough to stop Detra and Elger.
"They made adjustments and made it tougher for us to get good looks," Hoover said. "That, and we didn't get into transition very well in the second half and that made it difficult for us to do what we do."
The semifinals is still farther than any Rocky team has advanced at the State Farm Classic and the chance at a third-place trophy should be enough to get the Rocks fired up again.
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