QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball coach Eric Orne prepared his team for two things going into Monday night's game against Calhoun: playing against zone defense and defending the dribble weave.
The Raiders took his lessons to heart and the result was a 67-36 victory over the Warriors at the Pit.
Calhoun has been known for playing a zone defense against their opponents, and with the height and length of senior forward Sydney Hummert, Orne expected they would see the zone to persist.
By end of the first quarter, QND (14-1) owned a 21-10 lead over the Warriors, and Orne contributes that first-quarter success to working the ball through multiple players.
"We had a lot of different scorers. Blair (Eftink) knocked down a three and I think that gets us going," Orne said. "Abbey (Schreacke) knocked down some early shots and obviously when Syd does what Syd does, it's good."
Schreacke had seven points at the end of the first quarter while Eftink and Hummert both had six for 19 of the Raiders' 21 points in the opening stanza.
"We moved the ball around well. I would cut when they gave me open spaces and take my chance to drive and put up my shot," Hummert said.
A strong high-low game between Schreacke and Hummert allowed Hummert to score seven more points in the second quarter. Hummert finished with 15 on the night.
"With my length, we work on that a lot in practice. I think it's really a big offense for our team," Hummert said.
An early QND full-court press led to fast break layups for the Raiders. But in the second quarter, the Warriors slowly found a way to break that press which led to a fast break layup from Calhoun's Emily Clowers.
Orne called a timeout and put his players in a half-court press where Shelby Reed converted back to back steals from Calhoun (1-9), putting four more points on the board for QND to take a 33-16 lead.
Once the Warriors broke the press, a dribble weave offense allowed their guards open opportunities.
"The guards were good, they were quick, and we didn't want to chase them," Orne said.
Switching on the guards at the top of the key allowed for less 3-point opportunities as the Warriors hit just four threes on the night, and only one in the second half. Colleen Schumann knocked down three three-pointers and lead Calhoun with 12 points.
QND had more confidence to shoot against the Warriors' zone.
"In the second half, Maddie Peters hit a three, her first one of the year," Orne said. "I just think our confidence is growing in this part of the year."
Eftink recorded four threes on the night, two of which came in the third quarter, and finished with 15 points. Schreake made her presence known at the top of the key as she sunk two jumpers and was sent to the free-throw line where she put in two shots. Schreacke finished with 16 points to lead the Raiders.
Orne was pleased with his teams' ability to score against the zone but realizes there are still improvements to be made.
"I would say we were good not great. There are certainly some improvements," Orne said. "We always go through that two minute stretch where we don't do a lot well, we just go through the motions. If we can correct that, I think we're a strong team."
Quincy Notre Dame 67, Calhoun 36SClBCALHOUN (1-9)
Wilschetz 1 0-0 2, Schumann 4 1-5 12, Baalman 1 0-0 2, Sievers 1 2-2 4, Presley 2 0-0 5, Hill 0 2-2 2, Clowers 4 1-2 9, Pohlman 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Kamp 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-11 36.
Peters2 0-0 5, Schreacke 6 4-5 16, Hummert 7 1-1 15, Eftink 5 1-2 15, Little 1 0-0 2, Ham 0 0-0 0, Kenning 1 0-1 2, Quintero 0 0-0 0, Schaffer 1 0-0 2, Fischer 0 0-0 0, Reed 2 0-0 4, Ray 1 0-0 2, Lepper 1 0-0 2, Cornwell 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 6-9 67.
Calhoun 10 11 9 6--36
QND 21 17 21 8--67
3-point field goals--Calhoun 4 (Schumann 3, Presley), QND 5 (Eftink 4, Peters). Fouls--Calhoun 10, QND 9. Fouled out--none.