FULTON, Ill. — Corrie Reiley doesn’t need to score to have a great impact on the game.
The Prophetstown guard wound up with 10 points Thursday night, but she did so much more to help the Prophets improve to 24-2 and move within a game of locking up the Three Rivers Conference girls basketball title.
Reiley fueled another strong start for the Prophets as they improved to 12-0 in conference play with a 64-26 win against Fulton on Thursday night at Stan Borgman Court.
“Corrie does a real good job,” Prophetstown coach Don Robinson said. “To her, it’s not about points. It’s about playing defense and distributing the ball.”
Reiley did plenty of that early.
The first of her three steals in the opening quarter led to Prophetstown’s first basket, a transition layup by Heather Strike (12 points). Next, she added a steal and layup that led to a three-point play and a 5-0 lead. Her passes led to the next two scores, an inside basket by Clare Kramer (12 points) and a pair of Karlie Stafford free throws. Baskets by Kramer and Shelby Adams pushed the lead to 13-0 with 2:50 left, and Prophetstown was well on its way to victory.
For good measure, though, Reiley capped the first-quarter scoring with a steal and layup for a 19-4 advantage.
“Our defense was very good tonight,” she said. “We’ve been practicing our full-court defense in practice. We switched to a trap and 2-2-1 press because they had a plan to stop our man press.
“The team was real hot tonight. We had a lot of fast breaks.”
Partially because of Reiley’s play, Fulton’s Averi Leitzen got in foul trouble early and headed to a place she rarely sees — the bench.
“That disrupts things,” Fulton coach Mike Menchaca said. “She’s always got the ball in her hands.”