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QHS Basketball: Blue Devils set to embark on season's second half

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Quincy High hosts Alleman and fourth ranked Marian Catholic this weekend in the start to the second half of the regular season. Quincy High hosts Alleman and fourth ranked Marian Catholic this weekend in the start to the second half of the regular season.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Quincy High has crossed the halfway mark with 11 wins and only two losses, and plenty to be proud of including a state ranking and the only undefeated record in Western Big-6 play.

But there's still plenty left to attain.

"I don't think we've hit our ceiling yet," senior guard Cole Abbey said. 

"We have a lot more potential as a team, and like Coach (Taylor) says we have to push everyday in practice and (take it to) a new level every week."

Head coach Sean Taylor is sure his team isn't satisfied and eager for what lies ahead.

"Our schedule keeps us grounded because we've got to play at a high level to give ourselves a chance to beat those teams," Taylor said.

The Blue Devils play 12 games over the regular season's final six weeks, seven at home and five on the road. Seven conference contests remain including a pair against No. 7 Rock Island twice and a potential conference championship game on the final Friday prior to the start of the postseason.

"I think our guys have grown up knowing the importance of (winning) the great conference that we play in," Taylor mentioned. 

"We've won four out of the last six (WB6 championships), and to give ourselves a chance to win five out of seven would be outstanding for these guys."

According to senior guard Martin Kvitle, "If we wanted to play smaller schools we wouldn't have came to Quincy.

Every single Friday night it's always a battle, and then you throw in the non-conference Saturday night games, that's what we look forward to and that's why we play. If you don't want to compete, don't play."

If anything they should be fresh for the home stretch. The Blue Devils haven't played in two weeks.

They return to the game floor Friday night against Alleman, and then cap the weekend with a stiff test when Sean Taylor's older brother Mike brings his fourth ranked Marian Catholic team to Quincy Saturday night.

"(Mike) talked to me (Wednesday) night and he said, 'You know, one of us is going to lose.' And that's OK," Taylor said. 

"I have so much respect for what he does, and how he runs his program, it's fun getting a chance to compete against him."

Kvitle knows the mission not just for the next two days but the rest of the season.

"More than anything we're just going to come out here and try to win," Kvitle said. 

"Quincy fans like 'W's' and we're going to come out here and give them one Saturday..and Friday."

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