GALESBURG — Evan Massey used three of his five timeouts in the first 5 minutes, 38 seconds of Monday's game, but there was nothing the veteran Galesburg girls' coach and his team could do to stop Rock Island.
The Rocks were a team on a mission.
That mission was to win their 28th consecutive Western Big 6 Conference game — which the Rocks did by a 77-37 score — and take sole possession of the league record for either boys or girls.
"It is amazing to have the record now," Rock Island senior guard Chrislyn Carr said. "Doing something no one has ever done before is pretty great."
Junior Brea Beal is now 28-0 in WB6 games as a Rock.
"This is so big for the school, but it is something I wanted to get for the seniors," Beal said. "This is a great thing for them to be a part of in their last season."
The Rocks (19-7, 8-0 WB6) did their damage early in the makeup game that had been weathered out on its original date. Trailing 5-3 in a sluggish first three minutes, the Rocks went to a half-court press and went on a 23-1 run to end the first quarter with a 26-6 lead.
"We were able to mix it up a little bit on defense," Rocks coach Thad Hoover said. "That can be tough for a high school team to adjust to when you are switching defenses so often and switching players in and out."
While Carr and Beal stayed on the court, Hoover rotated seven or eight players in and out depending on the defense.
That defensive pressure caused 24 Silver Streaks' turnovers with 15 of those coming on steals that led to a number of fastbreak scoring opportunities. Carr took advantage of many of those, finishing with 28 points and six steals.
"It all starts with the way we practice," Carr said. "It is always about defense first and we go hard all the time. We have been battling so hard in practice the last few weeks."
That has led to a four-game winning streak with a 30.5 point average margin of victory.
"Each game and each practice is getting better and better," Beal said. "We are taking care of doing the little things now and we practice so hard, it makes the games seem easy. (Monday night) everyone was playing so hard and so well, it gave Chrislyn and I a ton of open looks."
The Rocks held the lead at 20 at halftime, then blew it wide open in the third when Beal got it going. She finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Lauren Hall added eight points, three rebound and three assists.
Hoover loved the effort, but was most excited about the 28th straight win, breaking the record set by the Rocky boys from 1988-92.
"I want the girls to enjoy this run, it is really special," he said. "I don't think they get enough credit for this. It is not easy to do it every night the way they have. We had that little lull after Christmas, but other than that, they have played hard and not taken anything for granted."