Posted Online: Jan. 31, 2013, 11:34 pm

Pioneers avenge earlier loss to Blue Devils

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By Anthony Sandoval, asando@qconline.com

Notfinding the knockout punch against Quincy in the closing minutes back in December made the Alleman girls basketball team decide toknock out the Blue Devilsearly this time around in Western Big 6 Conference play.

For Alleman (15-13, 2-7 Big 6) that came early in the third quarter as they went on todefeatQuincy, 58-44 at the Don Morris Gym on Thursday night. The win countered a 53-51 loss in Quincy.

The Pioneers held a 10-point advantage at the half. An early 8-4 run from Quincy to start the second half made things close again. That was until Alleman went on an 8-0 run of its own to pull out to a 14-point lead.

"Just like the beginning of the game, we came out with a lack of focus," Alleman senior Anne Bohnert said. "Sometimes it takes us little bit to focus and adjust, but after that we pulled away.''

The eight points the Blue Devils scored in their third quarter run were the only ones they could salvage in the frame, though. The Blue Devils couldn't make a run in the fourth as Allemanmatchedthe points at 16 apiece in the final period.

As in the first matchup,Bohnert was the leading scorer. This time with 13 points to go along with six rebounds.

"It's a good win," Bohnert said. "This is only our second win in the conference, so we're definitely hoping to get another onenext week. We didn't play well down there, so we wanted to come out and win this one."

Senior Zoe Kelso made herBig 6 debut andwas a factor.Kelso put up four points and grabbed three boards, buther presence and leadership may have been more vital in the victory.

"I felt like we're on our way to not being in last place anymore," Kelso said. "We always play for pride and the name on the front of our jerseys. When we work together, we're obviously better. Usually, when one person is working well, we all follow along and mesh."

Maddie McGuire addednine points on seven free throws. Billie Franks had a six-point fourth quarter and Isabelle Anderson had seven points and five rebounds.

"I thought we defended well and rebounded well tonight," Alleman coach Jay Hatch said. "We were able to take advantage of their pressure and get enough points to get ahead. It was a good night for us."

Neither team shot well from the field. Alleman shot 38 percent (19-for-50) while Quincy was at 32 percent (15-for-46). The Pioneers had a plus-four advantage on the boards, 34-30 and forced 24 turnovers, only giving it away 21 times on offense.

"Most of our shots were open shots and that usually leads to us shooting a little better," Hatch said. "In the first, we rushed it and weren't effective. After that, I thought we settleddown,executed and did some good things. Anytime of the year a win in conference is big."