Feb. 28, 2017
GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team racked up a season-high 23 steals in a 70-29 rout of Oakton on Tuesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in the quarterfinals of the Region IV District D tournament.
Coming off back-to-back losses to close the regular season, the second-seeded Chargers (16-10) never trailed against the seventh-seeded Owls (7-24). Sandburg advances to face No. 3 seed Prairie State in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waubonsee.
The Chargers had just two players hit double figures but had 10 players get into the scoring column. Freshman Willow Porter (Wyoming, Ill./Stark County) led Sandburg with 12 points, and sophomore guard Kassy Caldwell (Washington, Ill./Washington) scored 10 on 4-of-5 shooting.
Porter picked up a team-best and season-high seven steals, and Caldwell added four. Her twin sister, Kara Caldwell (Washington, Ill./Washington) also had four steals to go with a team-leading four assists.
Kassy Caldwell’s 3-pointer to beat the first-quarter buzzer gave Sandburg an 18-5 advantage, and the Chargers scored eight straight to open the second as they took a 32-12 lead into halftime. Sandburg opened the third by scoring nine in a row and 15 of the first 17 to extend its lead to 47-14.
“We didn’t shoot it all that well, but our defense was really stout the whole night,” said Chargers coach Mike Bailey, whose team held the Owls to 9-of-40 shooting and 4 of 24 from 3-point range. “After a long layoff, it was good to see us come out with that sort of intensity. Hopefully we can bring it again Saturday.”