Lady Wildcats roll past Peoria Heights

Mike Landis, Editor
Galva’s Julia Stahl, right, tries to chase down a loose ball during Monday night’s home date with Peoria Heights.

Josie Williams fueled a fast start and finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Galva over Peoria Heights 50-20 in non-conference action Monday night.

Heights scored the game’s first basket, but Williams answered with six straight points on a three-point play and 3-point bucket to put the hosts on top for good.

Brynn Patty rattled in a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer to put the Lady Cats on top 15-4. Galva extended the lead to 26-8 at the half and 45-15 after three frames.

Darrah Schilling added 11 points for Galva, now 4-9 on the season, and Tressa Rogers chipped in with eight.

The next time Galva takes the court it will be in the six-team, round-robin Princeville Holiday Tournament. The Lady Cats open with a doubleheader Wednesday, Dec. 26, against Midland at noon and a rematch with Peoria Heights at 6 p.m.

Monday night’s win was a nice bounce back for the Lady Wildcats after they dropped consecutive outings against Three Rivers Conference opponents.

Galva fell to Kewanee 46-25 on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Boiler Girls jumped to big early leads — 18-7 at the quarter and 32-11 at the half. Darrah Schilling paced the Lady Cats with eight points.

In the fresh-soph contest, Kewanee topped Galva 32-16. Rainah Shappard and Brooklyn Taylor topped Galva with six points apiece.

At Bureau Valley Saturday, Galva made it interesting with a fourth-quarter rally but came out on the short end of a 46-42 final.

The Storm built leads of 21-11 at the half and 37-21 after three quarters, only to see Galva put up 21 points in the final frame —all from Josie Williams and Darrah Schilling —to cut into the deficit.

Williams finished with 17 points and Schilling added 15.