When one plays the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team, one knows it is going to be a fast paced game that will most likely end in a loss. It is more of what you take away from the game than what the scoreboard says at the end and that is exactly how things went Tuesday night for the Palmyra girls’ basketball team as the Lady Panthers lost 74-45.
“I think we handled their pressure pretty well tonight, for the most part” Palmyra coach Chris Parsons said. “We had some silly turnovers against their press there in the beginning. But I think for the rest of the game we handled their press pretty well. If we can handle these guys press, we can probably handle anybody’s press around.”
What made Tuesday’s game even tougher, was the fact that it was Palmyra’s home opener.
“It is tough,” Dietrich said. “It is hard to loss any game, but at the same time, we had a chance.”
“It is exciting to open against a team like that at home,” Dietrich continued. “To prove ourselves in the first half, it is exciting. We showed people that have what it takes.”
Quincy scored first and scored often in the first quarter. The Lady Raiders built up a 22-13 lead over the opening eight minutes of play. Most of Palmyra’s offense came from junior Allie Dietrich. Dietrich, who came in off the bench, scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter.
“I knew that I had to go to the basket,” Dietrich said. “I had to draw the foul and put points on the board.”
Parsons was pleased with Dietrich’s play.
“Dietrich is aggressive,” Parsons said. “Dietrich is one of thos einbetween players. She is not really a post and she is not really a full speed quard. But she can post up, she can knock down threes and she can knock down the 10-footer and I thought she did a little bit of all of it on offense tonight. She kind of showed a little bit more of her game and what she is capable of.”
While Quincy Notre Dame still outscored Palmyra in the second quarter, the Lady Panthers kept the score close. Palmyra (3-3) scored 16 points to Quincy Notre Dame’s 19 and went into the intermission trailing 41-29.
Parsons was pleased his team was only down 11 points at the break.
“We knew it was going to be tough if we didn’t play our a-plus game all night long,” Parsons said. “We hung with them for quite a bit in the first half. We had some free throws in the first half that we didn’t knock down and there were some easy bunnies we didn’t make, but other than that I thought we could have been down four or six points at halftime.”
In the second half though, things began to fall apart. Midway through the quarter, the Lady Raiders went on an 11-0 run that effectively sealed the Lady Panthers’ fate. Quincy Notre Dame went on to double-up Palmyra 16-8 in the third quarter.
“In the first half we weren’t down by much,” Dietrich said. “Then we let a couple of minutes go and we took a break and that is when it got away from us.”
With most of the Lady Raiders’ junior varsity in the game, Quincy Notre Dame (7-0) continued to put points on the board at will against Palmyra in the fourth quarter. Quincy Notre Dame outscored Palmyra 17-8 over the final eight minutes of play.
“In the second half we kind of let it get away from us,” Parsons said. “But I don’t think we ever quit, so I am proud of them.”
For the night, Palmyra had three players finish in double figures. Also putting up double digit points for Palmyra behind leading scorer Dietrich, Megan Hopper finished with 12 points while Evie Miles contributed 11. Dietrich also led the Lady Panthers in rebounds, pulling down 7 of Palmyra’s 31.
“We were playing good and aggressive,” Parsons said. “When we had a chance, I thought we did a good job pushing the ball down the floor and getting the ball to the bucket.”
For Quincy Notre Dame, it was the Jordan Frericks and Kassidy Gengenbacher show. Both seniors finished the night with double-doubles. Frericks lead the Lady Raiders with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Gengenbacher turner in 22 points and 10 boards.
Lady Raider junior Kristen Gengenbacher also put up double figure scoring with 12 points while coming up with 5 rebounds.
Next up for Palmyra, the Lady Panthers will host their second straight non-conference team from Illinois when Unity comes to town on Friday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.