Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lady Rockets' 71-52 win over Trigg a team effort

Crittenden 71, Trigg 52
Trigg 10 21 31 52
Crittenden 15 37 52 71
Crittenden - Tabor 19, Hodge 12, Brantley 10, Courtney 8, Johnson 6, Brown 6, Franklin 2, Leidecker 4, Graham 4, Head, Mattingly. FG. 28. 3-pointers 3 (Hodge 2, Tabor). FT. 6-10. Fouls 16.
Trigg - Futrell 14, Want 14, Matlock 12, Parker 6, Maxey 4, Grubbs 2, Wortham. FG. 20. 3-pointers 2 (Futrell 2). FT. 6-17. Fouls 10.

Lady Rocket junior point guard Jessi Hodge possibly set a school record for assists in a varsity girls’ game last Friday dishing out 12 as the hosts dismantled Fifth District foe Trigg County 71-52.
Hodge posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists as the Lady Rockets got a measure of revenge for last year’s setback to the Lady Wildcats in the Fifth District Championship game.
After the game was knotted in the early going, the Lady Rockets (1-1) began to cause havoc with their fullcourt pressure defense taking a 6-2 lead less than 2:00 into the contest.
After the hosts took a 21-11 lead with about 5:00 remaining in the first half, the lead never dropped below double digits again.
The Lady Rockets had very crisp passing and ran nice fastbreaks which helped them capture the game in easy fashion.
Lady Rocket guard Laken Tabor led the Lady Rockets with 19 while Hannah Brantley pitched in with 10 as the winners placed three players in double digits.
The game also saw freshman Randa Leidecker and eighth grader Bailey Brown score their first points of their young varsity careers. Brown had six points while Leidecker chipped in with four as 11 Lady Rockets saw action in the satisfying district win.
“I thought we played a very unselfish game,” Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge said after the triumph.
Crittenden shot a very fine 31 out of 70 from the field for 51.7 percent, many of them coming in transition after forcing Trigg turnovers.
Hodge was proud of the business-like approach her squad took to the game and was glad that it carried over into good execution on both ends of the floor.
“Every district game is huge,” she said.
She was also very pleased with the way center Summer Courtney (8 points, 6 rebounds) ran the floor in transition.
“I thought Summer could really outrun their post players. If she runs the floor that hard, she deserves to get the ball,” said the Lady Rocket skipper.
She praised the efforts of youngsters Brown and Leidecker and believes both of them have bright futures as Lady Rocket hoops players.
“Everybody made some positive things happen,” she said.

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