The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

November 22, 2013

Girls basketball: Prophets off to 2-0 start

OREGON, Ill. — Heather Strike hit a pair of 3-point baskets in the third quarter and she and her Prophetstown teammates clamped down on defense in the second half to record a 46-36, come-from-behind victory against Rockford Christian on Thursday.

Defensive play was expected to be a key for the Prophets this season, and the win was their second in as many days at the season-opening Oregon girls basketball tournament.

Rockford Christian led 15-12 after one quarter and 27-25 at the half before Prophetstown changed the momentum in the third period. Strike’s second 3-pointer of the quarter and third of the game capped the Prophets’ scoring as they took a 35-31 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Prophets put the game away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Rockford Christian 11-5.

Clare Kramer led Prophetstown with 14 points, while Strike added nine, Karlie Stafford had eight and Corrie Reiley chipped in with seven.

Kramer, Stafford and Reiley are the top returning players from the Prophets’ 27-4 team that won Three Rivers Conference and regional titles last year, and coach Don Robinson said this year’s group has a chance for that type of success, too.

“They have the potential to win the conference,” he said. “Our strength is ball-handling. We lack height, so hopefully we can affect the game in our favor by playing full-court defense.”

Jayla Penney led Rockford Christian with 20 points, but she was limited to six after halftime.



ROCKFORD CHRISTIAN — Lexi Langris 1 0-0 3, Katie Childs 0 0-0 0, Sierra Riley 2 0-0 6, Jackie Lindquist 1 0-0 2, Jayla Penney 8 2-5 20, Haley Kittle 2 1-2 5, Anne Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-7 36.

PROPHETSTOWN (2-0) — Kassi Henrekin 1 0-0 3, Kaeli Kovarik 0 0-0 0, Corrie Reiley 2 3-4 7, Heather Strike 3 0-0 9, Addison Morse 0 0-1 0, Calya Crane 0 1-2 1, Karlie Stafford 3 2-2 8, Shelby Adams 0 0-0 0, Cydney Westen 0 0-0 0, Brooke Remley 1 0-0 2, Mikayla Bolton 0 2-4 2, Clare Kramer 5 4-5 14. Totals 15 11-16 46.

Christian 15 12 4 5 — 36

Prophetstown 12 13 10 11 — 46

3-point goals — Christian 5 (Penney 2, Riley 2, Langris); Prophetstown 5 (Strike 3, Reiley, Henrekin). Total fouls — Christian 18, Prophetstown 13. Fouled out — Lindquist, Kittle.



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