Rockford girls basketball goes on the comeback trail

Rockford sports report

Rockford’s Abby Botten has been a leader on offense and defense as a senior captain. (Photo by Dave Pedersen)

Rockford’s Abby Botten has been a leader on offense and defense as a senior captain. (Photo by Dave Pedersen)

BY DAVE PEDERSEN

After losing nine of the first 10 girls basketball games this season, Rockford has been on a turnaround, winning five of the last seven games to go 6-11.

The Rockets won two of three recent games and the one loss was a close one, falling 65-62 to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Rockford rebounded to defeat Maple Lake 68-46 Saturday and win over Holdingford 55-49 Monday.

Rockford fell behind BBE early, having an uphill battle the rest of the way. The team was able to close the gap to two points in the last minute, but was held off.

Brianna Calder did much of the “dirty work” for Rockford with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Sam Bagaason netted 16 points, while Caitlin McNeal had 11 points and Jordan Weeding had 10 points four blocks and three steals.

Bagaason stayed hot by scoring 19 points in the win over Maple Lake. Weeding had 12 points and Abby Botten added 11.

“Sam Bagaason is starting to play well on both ends,” said coach James Carr. “The scoring is nice but we are more impressed with her decisions on the defensive end which is leading to offensive opportunities.”

The coach adds how against Maple Lake Bagaason was hitting shots from all over the court, shooting with confidence and was taking the ball to the basket.

Against Holdingford it was Botten’s turn to lead the way. The senior captain as given the task of guarding one of the top players in the league and was up to the challenge. Not only did Botten play “fantastic defense” but led the offense with 17 points.

Weeding scored 15 points and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds. Calder added 10 points and Bagaason had seven. Junior Lily Stecker was asked to start and use her 5-10 height to help guard the defensive rim.

Carr said he sees his players coming together as a team, buying into the idea of playing for each other.

Rockford has another game at Maple Lake Friday, Feb. 7 and is home against Eden Valley-Watkins Monday, Feb. 10.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Rockford’s Brendon Schumacher (right) scored 20 points in the loss to Kimball Saturday. (Photo by Bill Nord)

Rockford’s Brendon Schumacher (right) scored 20 points in the loss to Kimball Saturday. (Photo by Bill Nord)

Rockford lost two of three recent games. First was a 67-62 win over Maple Lake Friday followed by a 75-62 loss to Kimball Saturday and a 59-54 loss to Providence Academy Monday.

Several Rockets got into the scoring act, led by Ben Zilmer with 16 points, followed by Brock Deering (12), Tom Traen (9), Jeremy Bingham and Zach Connell (8), Brendon Schumacher (6) and Joe Agre (6).

Schumacher had the hot hand against Kimball scoring 20 points. Deering added 17 in a game that did not have as much scoring depth. Against Providence Academy Deering netted 15 points, while Schumacher had 11 and Bingham 10.

Rockford plays at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday, Feb. 6, is home to Delano in a non-conference game, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 and goes to face Holdingford Monday, Feb. 10.

WRESTLING

The wrestlers lost to Kimball 50-24 last week and will play host to Holdingford Friday, Feb. 7.

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