Girls win 2 of 3 games in basketball
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Rockford lost all three boys basketball games last week when facing some stiff competition, but the team did have some shining moments.
In the 65-52 loss at Eden Valley-Watkins senior Brock Deering reached the 1,000-point milestone in his varsity career. A special recognition ceremony will take place at the home game against Maple Lake Friday, Jan. 31. He is the eighth Rocket boys basketball player to clear 1,000 points.
Deering scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but the team as a whole shot just 34 percent compared to 49 for a strong EV-W squad. Brendon Schumacher scored 11 points, and sophomore Nick Schultz provided a spark off the bench by netting eight points in seven minutes. He was called up from the junior varsity a month ago.
Rockford started the week with an 89-72 loss to Annandale, ranked No. 6 in the state. The Rockets trailed by 22 at the half before being competitive in the second half, winning it 45-40. Deering scored 18 points with 11 rebounds. Jeremy Bingham added 17 points, Schumacher had 13 and James Monssen scored eight points
Saturday, the Rockets took part in the Minnesota-Wisconsin border battle at Kaukauna High School near Green Bay against Pacelli from Stevens Point.
Rockford lost 55-52 to one of the top Class A teams in Wisconsin. Coach Michael Tauber said his team played the best defense of the season. Rockford led by two at the half and the game was tied after three quarters. Wisconsin still plays four quarters while Minnesota has two halves.
The fourth quarter went back and forth until Rockford was up by one late in the game and a traveling violation was called. Pacelli scored to re-take the lead. Tauber said instead of his player being fouled, traveling was called. Pacelli was up by three with 15 seconds to play when two Rockford shots from 3-point range would not drop.
Schumacher led with 15 points, while Bingham scored 14, Deering had 11 points and nine rebounds and Zach Connell scored nine points.
Tauber wonders what would have happened last week had his team been healthy. Two senior point guards are still out with injuries.
Rockford is home to Providence Academy Monday, Feb. 3 and at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday, Jan. 6.
The girls basketball team won two of the three games played last week, defeating Kimball 55-36 and Pierz 78-63, but lost to Foley 66-51.
Against Kimball, Rockford launched a balanced scoring attack, paced by Abby Botten (11), Hnubci Lee (10), Sam Bagaason (9), Brianna Calder (9), Allison McNeal (7) and Jordan Weeding (6).
Calder was the standout against Foley with 17 points. Bagaason and Weeding both netted seven points and Botten scored six.
Against Pierz, Calder produced 23 points and took down 15 rebounds. In another balanced attack Bagaason added 12, Botten 9, Caitlin McNeal 8, Weeding 8 and Lee 8. Coach James Carr adds how junior center Lilly Strecker provided great energy off the bench.
“Our girls have been working really hard on their defensive intensity and we are doing a great job talking and communicating on the court,” said Carr. “On offense we are doing a much better job of picking our opportunities.”
Rockford is home to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday, Jan. 30 and is home to Maple Lake, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The team goes to Holdingford Monday, Feb. 3.
The gymnasts head to face Little Falls Friday, Jan. 31.