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12/13/2012 1:52:00 PM
Rocket girls up record to 4-1

by Mike Dalton

The RHS girls basketball team ran its record to 4-1 with two more wins last week.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Rockets hosted New Life Academy and won 53-48. "We spotted them a couple of three pointers at the start of the game and even trailed 16-3 in the early going. We switched up our defense after they made a few outside shots, and that helped us. More than anything it gave us a boost of energy and allowed us to battle back and take a lead just before halftime 24-21," coach Mike Haase said.

The second half was well played by both teams. "We were able to build an 8-point lead halfway through the second half only to see the momentum change when New Life took a 4-point lead with a few minutes to play," said Haase. "The difference in the game was our outstanding free-throw shooting. We shot 23/31 (75%) as a team, and a lot of those were shot at the end of the game. Aside from a little lull in the middle of the second half, this was our best offensive game of the season. We were patient with the ball and didn't force passes to players who weren't open. We finished with 17 turnovers, which is a big improvement from our first two games.

The Rockets also had 10 different scorers in the game. Bre Wille lead the scoring with 12 points, Madi Taylor had 11, Abby Meyer nine, Kelsie Jo Endres seven, Sami Bey, Karly Friedges, Carolyn Meyer and Taylor Bickman three each, and Ashleigh Dralle and Jenny Werner one each. Abby Meyer led in rebounding with eight, and Taylor Bickman had seven.

On Friday they traveled to Blooming Prairie and lost their first game of the season, 55-29.

"We ran into a team in Blooming Prairie that was playing well, and shooting well in their own gym. On the flip side we didn't have a great shooting night, making only eight field goals. We learned a few things about our team after this game. We need to improve our rebounding and ball movement in order to keep improving," said Haase.

Endres led our scoring with 10 points, Taylor scored five, and six players scored two.

On Saturday RHS traveled to Bethany Academy for an early afternoon game and were able to improve their record to 4-1 by winning 47-11.

"We were in a ball game at halftime, only leading 13-9," said Haase. "It was apparent that we had played the night before. In the first half we settled for outside shooting. We came to life in the second half. Our defensive intensity improved and so did the quality of the shots we were taking."

Again they had 10 players score in the game. Wille had the hot hand, scoring 13 points. Bey scored eight, Endres seven, Werner and Dralle five, Bickman three, and Abby Meyer, Karly Friedges, and Josie Fields two each.

"The start to our season has been outstanding. We've came out on top of some close games which is always exciting. What I like most is that even with a solid start we still have better basketball ahead of us," Haase commented.

Randolph hosted Cleveland Tuesday, Dec. 11. They are home against United South Central Friday, then go to LeRoy-Ostrander on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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