One state-ranked foe may have fallen at the Class 3A Rock Island Regional. Galesburg had no interest in becoming the second.


One state-ranked foe may have fallen at the Class 3A Rock Island Regional. Galesburg had no interest in becoming the second.

Galesburg, the No. 7 team in 3A, buried upstart Dunlap with 14 3-pointers Thursday night then simply wore out the young Eagles to claim the regional title, 86-51.

Galesburg (27-5) lost to Richwoods (26-3), 79-52, in a semifinal on Monday.

Dunlap (13-15) ousted No. 8 and top-seeded Rock Island on Monday. But Galesburg raced to an 11-2 lead and led 21-10 after a quarter that saw the Silver Streaks launch 20 field goal attempts, 18 of them 3s.

“We knew (Galesburg) was going to come out strong,” Dunlap coach Patrick Garst said. “Our concern was to figure out how we were going to stay with them. ... I think we took a good shot from them and got it back within four. But getting back to four, wore us out. We couldn’t sustain the rally going just seven deep.”

Dunlap scored the first eight of the second quarter and forced Galesburg to call a timeout at 4:10 to re-organize.

Ahead 27-21 with less than two minutes before halftime, the Streaks scored nine straight. A pair of baskets by Dunlap’s Lexi Hobbs sent the Eagles to the locker room trailing 36-27.

Any hope of a Dunlap victory quickly disappeared early in the third.

Galesburg scored twice in the first 30 seconds, and when Jessica Lieber added a deep 3 for a 43-27 lead at 7:11, a large contingent of Galesburg students let it be known if the game wasn’t over it was close.

“The start of the third quarter was amazing,” Galesburg coach Evan Massey said.

Asked if that start of the third quarter was a point of emphasis at halftime, the veteran coach deadpanned: “Nah, I’m not that motivational.”

A 33-14 third-quarter advantage by Galesburg all but sealed the Eagles fate; Galesburg led 69-41 after three.

“Once you get to this level of play there is so much thinking going on,” Massey said. “In what we’re doing, there isn’t so much thinking, just playing hard, and in that way it helps relieve nerves and tension.”

Galesburg was loose enough to launch 76 field goal attempts, 48 of them 3s. Lieber led Galesburg with 34 points. Sadee Hamilton added 19.

Lexi Hobbs closed out her Dunlap career with a team-high 21 points.

Dunlap 39, Rock Island 36 (OT)

The Dunlap girls basketball team started off the postseason strong by upsetting state-ranked Rock Island on Feb. 13 at Rock Island.

The Eagles, the fourth seed at the Rock Island Regional, took the game in overtime over No. 8 ranked Rock Island, 39-36.

“This was the signature win we were looking for,” Garst said.

Things did not look good for Dunlap at halftime.

After going down 4-2 after the first quarter, the Eagles watched the deficit climb to 16-7 at halftime.

However, in the second half, Lexi Hobbs scored 12 of her 15 points.

The Eagles used this to close the gap from 23-9, with 6:20 left to play in the third, to tie the game at 32 in the end of regulation to force overtime.

In overtime, the Eagles got their first lead of the game before Rock Island tied it back at 36 with six seconds remaining.

Dunlap called a timeout with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to set up a last-second play.

After the timeout, the team got the ball to Hobbs, who made a 3-pointer to stun Rock Island as time expired.

Hobbs led the team with 15 points, while Morgan Erickson added 13.