Boys roll to win over EVW
By DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Jordan weeding proclaims her Rockford girls basketball team has come together after beating two teams that were in front of the Rockets in the Central Minnesota Conference last week.
Rockford defeated Kimball Area 51-43 and Pierz 56-53. Both teams are now 4-3 in league play while the Rockets improved to 3-4.
“We were moving the ball around really well looking for the right shot on offense and everyone was playing their hearts out on defense,” said Weeding, who leads the team by averaging 11.5 points per game. “With all the road games we had so far, we spent a lot of time together. When we bond off the court it helps us on the court.”
Coach James Carr said his team had some cold shooting in the first half against Kimball, but defense kept the Rockets in the game. Rockford went on a 13-2 run to open the second half.
Weeding led the offense with 14 points, four blocks and five steals. Senior Katelynn Pedersen had 11 points and nine rebounds and senior Jayda Palmer grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 10 points and Brianna Calder scored 11 points when making 7 of 8 free throws.
Like it did against Kimball, Rockford trailed Pierz by five at the half. In fact, the Rockets were down by as many as 12 points in the first half before scoring six points in one minute to gain momentum for the second half.
Calder scored 17 points when making 9 of 14 free throw shots. Samantha Bagaason also had 17 points and Weeding added 16. Rockford trailed 53-52 with a minute to play. Weeding made a running layup with 25 seconds to give the Rockets the lead. She then stole the ball and scored to ice the win.
Top reserves have been junior Abby Botten, ninth-grader Hnubci Lee and senior Nikaujntsa Lee. Hnubci is the first off the bench as a guard who has been taking care of the ball and providing strong defense, according to Carr.
Palmer averages 11 rebounds per game. Weeding said Palmer is good at knowing where how to get into position and good at moving people out of her way.
Bagaason averages 9.3 points per game, Calder is at 7.8 and Pedersen is at 6.5. Palmer’s rebound average of 11 ranks among the best in the state.
Weeding played on varsity as a reserve in ninth grade and started about half the games last season. The junior says she is more aggressive this year.
“I think over the past year I have gotten more confident with my shot and abilities,” adds Weeding. “When the coach trusts me to guard a really good player I feel I have something to prove.”
A leader in volleyball, Weeding also excels in track where she missed advancing to state in the hurdles by .1 of a second last spring. She said volleyball is her first love but enjoys the variety of being a three-sport athlete.
Rockford plays at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday, Jan. 24 before coming home to face Holdingford Jan. 29 and Maple Lake Feb. 1.
Rockford boys basketball rolled to a 72-68 win over Eden Valley-Watkins when four players scored in double figures.
Nick Tully led with 18 points, followed by Brendon Schumacher with 14, Brock Deering 12 and Joey Richardt had 11.
The Rockets play at Maple Lake Friday, Feb. 25 and at Minneapolis Roosevelt Tuesday, Jan. 29 before playing at home against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday, Jan. 31.
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