By Todd Rohde~CORRESPONDENT

It was a quality week of play for the Richmond-Burton girls’ basketball team, as they made the most of their time out on the court by being productive and successful. The Lady Rockets did so by playing up to their potentials and coming away with a pair of victories to continue to make progress forward this season.

The Rockets were clicking on all cylinders Dec. 8 and it showed, as they pretty much embarrassed their opponent in Harvard by more than tripling their output on the court. Richmond (5-4, 3-0) scored early and often in the contest to easily hand the Hornets a 66-20 defeat in Big Northern Conference play.

The Rockets remain perfect in league play for the season and have won their third straight game, as they proved to the Hornets first hand while they are so effective. Despite being a blowout in the end, the first half was actually pretty close and competitive as both teams challenged one another.

Richmond led by just a slim 9-7 difference through the first quarter of play, thanks to Alex Callahan and Andrea Fox combining for all of the points during the stretch. The Rockets would give themselves a little breathing room by doubling up the Hornets by a 10-5 margin in the second quarter to take a 19-12 lead into the locker room at the half, as Fox dished in six more points.

Whatever was holding the Rockets up a little bit in the first half, quickly corrected itself in the second set of quarters as Richmond come out on fire and didn’t let up. The picked up the intensity on defense to force some turnovers, and then fed off of their own momentum by turning the miscues into easy points on the other side.

In fact, the Rockets literally dominated the second half in all facets of the game as they held back nothing. They had seven different players reach for points in the third quarter, as they went on to outscore the Hornets by a hefty 26-3 margin over the eight-minute stretch to go up 45-15.

Callahan racked up eight points in the quarter including a pair of three pointers, as Fox had six and Sam Boettjer and Hoenig each added four apiece. The Rockets continued to pour it on in the final quarter as well, where Swanson came up with seven points, Jasmine Kaeseberg put down six and Jessica Guenther four off of the bench.

Earlier in the week, the Rockets posted a 62-54 BNC win over the Vikings Dec. 6th on their home court in North Boone. Once again, what didn’t start off the best for the Rockets turned out to be good in the end.

After falling behind by a 17-10 margin through the first quarter of play, the Rockets redeemed themselves and got back into it by going on to outscore the Vikings by a 15-2 margin in the second quarter to take a 25-19 at the half.

Once again, the Rockets saved their best for last as they scored 25 points in the final quarter. They did their most damage from the charity stripe, where they finished the night going 30-46 including going 19-23 in the final eight minutes.

The Rockets were led by Boettjer with 18 points and three of both steals and assists, as Callahan finished with 17 points, 11 boards and five assists. Fox also had a big game by scoring 15 points and grabbing 21 rebounds, as Koenig scored 10 points and had seven boards.

 

 

 
 

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