The Randolph girls basketball team had a tough week, playing two conference games and a non-conference tilt against #5 ranked Lyle-Pacelli.
Randolph traveled to Medford Tuesday night and left their game on the bus, losing 39-37. "We were not ready to play, and couldn't get things turned around. We didn't have the intensity or desire we need to be competitive each and every night in this conference," commented coach Dennis Trom.
Despite their lackluster performance, the Rockets still had a chance to tie or win the game with about 11 seconds left in the game, but could not get off a shot. Josie Fields and Carolyn Meyer led the team with six points each.
Waterville visited Randolph Friday night, and took home a 57-39 win.
Randolph fell behind early but was able to battle back near the half. The score at the break was 26-21.
"We knew the first 2-3 minutes of the 2nd half would be critical, and unfortunately we gave up three quick, easy baskets," Trom said. "We couldn't close that 11-point gap."
The Rocket offense struggled, as the team shot only 21% from the field. "We've been struggling offensively," admitted Trom, "and unfortunately tonight we didn't play well on defense, either."
Meyer had 15 points, with Kelsie Jo Endres adding eight and Kori Friedges six. Sami Bey led in rebounds with 13.
Lyle-Pacelli, undefeated and ranked #5 in class A, used heavy pressure defense to beat the Rockets 73-35 Saturday.
"Their pressure defense caused too many turnovers," Trom said "We had trouble scoring and trailed 47-23 at the half. It was more of the same in the 2nd half, and we ended up shooting 32% from the floor and committing 38 turnovers. This has been a bad stretch for us offensively, but we will work hard in practice and get things turned around."
Bey led in scoring with seven points, Abby Meyer had six, and Madi Taylor, Angie Hoey and Ashleigh Dralle had five points each.
The Rockets are at Blooming Prairie on Friday, and they return home to host United South Central on Tuesday, Jan. 28.