By Dave Pedersen
Crow River News
Rockford opened the section playoffs against Annandale last week, after facing the same team the week before in league play.
What the Rockets learned about Annandale after losing 70-47 in the first meeting was it was a tough team to beat.
The discovery was confirmed with a 65-41 Annandale triumph in the playoffs to end Rockford’s season with a 5-18 record.
“We didn’t start off so great,” said coach Kelsey Ortmann. “We were playing pretty timid. We couldn’t get the shots we did have to drop. We let them create the tempo and got frustrated with ourselves, which didn’t help.”
Rockford trailed 37-11 at the half. In the second half the Rockets gained some momentum. Ortmann adds, “We were playing the type of basketball that I know we could. It was hard to play catch up though.”
Senior Emili Cain ended her career with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. Senior Nicole Lofstedt had seven points, four assists and three rebounds. Sydney Manthana, an eighth-grader, scored six points with three assists. Sophomore Bryn London added four points with three rebounds.
Senior Liz Nelson contributed four rebounds, four steals, three points and two assists. Junior McKenzie Rentz scored three points, sophomore Skyler Palmer had two points, senior Michalie Zilmer had two points and two rebounds and senior Aurora Balducchi netted one point.
“The girls played hard in the second half, especially the seniors when they left it all on the court,” said Ortmann. “It was something that made us really proud.”