PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. — It’s not the best start in school history that Prophetstown has experienced in school history, but having 16 wins heading into 2014 is something Don Robinson can smile about.
Another thing that the Lady Prophets can smile about is winning its own holiday tournament in nine years with a 68-37 win over LaSalle Peru on Saturday in the championship game.
“For us to compete against good teams is to play defense with desire,” Robinson said. “They played great defense against a good team. We kinda played keep away for a bit, and then played our standard offense and broke their backs a little bit.”
The score doesn’t seem as lopsided as it may appear. The score was tied at 17 apiece through the first quarter, and LaSalle Peru hung tight with the Lady Prophets despite Prophetstown nailing four 3-pointers in the opening frame.
Heather Strike had two of those 3-pointers, and Robinson has a nickname for Strike.
“ I like to call her Miss Clutch,” he said. “
Karlie Stafford led the run with a 3-pointer, then it seemed like Prophetstown could do anything they wanted on the floor.
“She chases the ball so well, and she wants the basketball,” Robinson said. “That Stafford girl is one of the biggest surprises to me this year so far. She has progressed very, very well.”
“We were executing really well by the time the second half came around, and the lead just erupted out of nowhere,” said Robinson.
Robinson says one of the main keys to Prophetstown being where they are is because of the balance of scoring. On Saturday, Prophetstown had three players in double figures and Brooke Remley almost got there with her nine points.
“My bench is as strong as it’s ever been, and we don’t seem to ease up,” he said.