12/13/2013 10:09:00 AM Offensive woes plague Rockets
by Mike Dalton
Trouble on the offensive end of the court plagued the RHS girls basketball team in their two opening games, both losses.
Randolph opened the season at Southwest Christian Tuesday, losing 51-39. Too many turnovers combined with poor shooting to start the game got the Rockets behind early, coach Dennis Trom said, and they couldn't close the gap in the 1st half. RHS trailed 29-14 at the break.
RHS did a better job on defense in the 2nd half, but still struggled on the offensive end. Madi Taylor led the team with 11 points, Angie Hoey had eight, Abby Meyer seven, Carolyn Meyer six, Wendy Splichal three, and Sami Bey and Karly Friedges two each. Bey led the team with eight rebounds.
The Rockets faced #6 seed Blooming Prairie in their home opener, losing 68-49.
It was "fill the gym" night, and the Rocket girls came out very aggressive with full-court pressure. That created turnovers and enabled Randolph to take an early lead.
As in the first game, turnovers and cold shooting, combined with not being able to contain Blooming Prairie's 6'1" center led to a 41-26 Blossom lead. The second half was much the same.
"We played hard, aggressive defense the entire night and never gave up," Trom said. "Offensively we will continue to get better."
Splichal led with 12 points, Carolyn Meyer had 11, Ashleigh Dralle seven, Kelsie Jo Endres six, Abby Meyer four, Taylor three, and Bey, Hoey and Alexa Thesing two each.
Randolph hosted Alden Conger Tuesday night. They are at United South Central Friday, host Bethany Academy Saturday, and go to New Life Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 17.