PROPHETSTOWN – Don Robinson has won a lot of games in his 37 seasons at Prophetstown High School – 659 to be exact.
One game he had never won, however, was the championship game of the Prophetstown tournament. He has now.
The Prophets turned in a dominating performance, trouncing the LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers 68-37 Saturday night.
"We've been close. Every year, we've played well and got second or third," Robinson said.
Prophetstown (16-2) shot a robust 52 percent (27-for-52), including going 8-for-17 from 3-point range. Five different Prophets hit 3-pointers.
"We were a little hotter than normal," Robinson said. "It's probably the best we've clicked on offense all year. We adjusted to everything that they threw at us."
LaSalle-Peru (5-8) tried 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones before eventually going man-to-man. None of the defenses slowed Prophetstown. Meanwhile, the Prophets' full-court man-to-man defense wreaked havoc.
"We really picked up our defense, and we started making a lot of 3-pointers and getting fast breaks," said Corrie Reiley, who scored a game-high 19 points. "We were really clicking today."
"They went through three defenses, and we have every offense for that defense," said Shelby Adams, who scored 11 points. "All of us were clicking on the court. We know what to do when the time comes."
It took just over a quarter for Prophetstown to take control. The first quarter was back and forth; there were five lead changes, and the score was 17-all heading to the second quarter.
The second quarter was nearly all Prophets. Leading 20-19, Prophetstown used a 13-2 tear to build a 33-21 advantage.
Adams started the burst with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Reiley scored off a steal before the Cavaliers managed a bucket.
Karlie Stafford (7 points) hit two field goals, Reiley hit another, and Heather Strike (10 points) added a layup.
The Prophets led 35-23 at the half.
Prophetstown continued to pull away, scoring the last 11 points of the third quarter to lead 53-29 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Prophets' largest lead was 35, 68-33. Prophetstown reserve Brooke Remley scored all of her nine points in the fourth quarter.
LaSalle-Peru got eight points apiece from Madison Held and Hannah Wolfe.
Star of the game: Corrie Reiley, Prophetstown, game-high 19 points
Key performers: Shelby Adams, Prophetstown, 11 points; Heather Strike, Prophetstown, 10 points, 8 in 1st half
Up next: Prophetstown at Bureau Valley, 7:30 p.m. Thursday