QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Quincy High has played 15 games thus far but they haven't been more eager to get back on the floor than Friday night.
Especially after the Blue Devils suffered their most disappointing performance their last time out.
Sean Taylor's squad was humbled in Saturday's lop sided loss to No. 4 Marian Catholic.
However, a new week brings a new opportunity.
No. 7 Rock Island pays its annual visit to Blue Devil gym with Western Big-6 title implications. The home team has a chance to grab a two game lead on the preseason favorites and Taylor says the outcome will likely be decided on whoever executes in the back court.
"If you ask both coaches the strength of their teams is guard play," Taylor indicated.
"We have three seniors and they need to step up and play well (Friday). I don't think it's putting pressure on them I think it's reality and I think (Rock Island) Coach (Thom) Sigel is thinking the same thing."
Senior guard Mason Fairley says the Blue Devils will have to be fundamentally sound.
"We've got to keep our pressure and dictate tempo," Fairley said.
"I think if we're able to do that, offensively and defensively, the game will really be in our favor."
Make no mistake about it preparation for the Rocks is unlike any of the other teams the Blue Devils plan for.
This week is certainly no different considering the halfway mark of the conference season comes Friday and Quincy High has a shot to finish 5-0, and grab the driver's seat in the conference race.
"It's a little different. There's a little more energy, a little more flow, and a little more urgency for everybody. I think it's more fun," Fairley explained.
"This is Rocky, this is big, especially with the situation that it's in giving us a big opportunity. I think it's just added to the hype even more."
According to Taylor, "I think you look forward to playing against good (teams). This program has been built on playing in big games and winning big games. Hopefully we can add to that legacy."
The Blue Devils and Rocks square off at 7:30 p.m. and then it's a road trip to Hinsdale South on Saturday.
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