Friday, December 17, 2010

Lady Rockets dominate Lady Cardinals

In a match-up of undefeated district foes, the Lady Rockets turned in a stellar team performance to down the Lady Cardinals Friday night in Livingston, 67-44.

Senior floor captain Jessie Hodge led a balanced attack for Crittenden (5-0), turning in 23 points on the night. Laken Tabor added 18 points, with five more Lady Rockets scoring in the contest.

Cardinals blast Rockets

The losing streak continued for the Rockets Friday night in Livingston County as they fell behind early and could not recover, losing 69-42 against the district rival Cardinals.

Riding a perfect 4-0 record into the game, the Cardinals dominated with a fast tempo, high-flying attack, which the Rockets (1-5) could not stop.

Senior star, Casey Oliver was the only Rocket to score in double figures, leading the way with 17 points.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Foul plagued Rockets lose to Lyons

What can only be described as a bruising, close battle between Crittenden and the Lyon County boys' Friday night, ended with the Rockets (1-4) on the losing side at home, 47-42. The Rockets took a two-point lead into the half, but couldn't stay out of foul trouble in the third and fourth periods.

Casey Oliver turned in another stellar performance for the Rockets, pouring in 25 points in the loss. He was the only Rocket to reach double figures. Crittenden committed 28 fouls in the game, compared to just 12 for Lyon.

Late surge propels Lady Rockets

Tied at intermission, the Lady Rockets came alive in the second half to remain undefeated, securing a victory over the Lady Lyons at Rocket Arena, 47 - 36 Friday night. Crittenden (4-0) outscored Lyon 26 - 15 in the second half behind a 22-point performance by senior point guard Jessie Hodge.

Laken Tabor was the only other Lady Rocket in double digits with 10 points, and Summer Courtney added eight.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rockets fall back into losing Rut

The lopsided losses continued for the Rockets Tuesday night at Dixon as they dropped a 73-35 decision to Webster County.

After the homestanding Trojans began the game 0-for-3 from 3-point land, they found their shooting eye and never lost it. They went 10-for-19 from long range the rest of the way and Crittenden (1-3) had no answer.

Conversely, the Rockets were just 2-of-15 from that range and made only eight two-point field goals the entire night.

"We've got a young team and we're gonna work to get better," Crittenden coach Brad Fraser said after the setback.

He said his reasoning for staying in a 2-3 zone defense when the Trojans were burning it up from the outside was the simple fact that he doesn't think his team is a good enough man-to-man defensive team to employ it much.

"It's been hard trying to get everything in," he said.

Lady Rockets upend Caldwell

The Lady Rockets placed three players in double figures Tuesday night at Princeton as they stayed unbeaten after knocking off Caldwell County 41-26.

For the second consecutive game, Crittenden (3-0) held its foe without a field goal to begin the game for a long period of time.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hodge joins mom in 1,000-point club

On a night when Lady Rocket point guard Jessi Hodge reached the 1,000-point plateau, her team also got the season started on a winning note defeating visiting Union County 52-41 Tuesday.

Entering her senior season with 999 points, Hodge surpassed the special milestone early in the game.

Her mom, Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge, who began playing at the varsity level for Crittenden during her eighth grade season, is also among the select 1,000-point scorers in Lady Rocket history. She has somewhere around 1,421.

Despite not remembering exactly when she reached that threshold, Coach Hodge is proud to have had the opportunity to watch her daughter’s excitement.

“That is not an individual achievement,” Coach Hodge said, thanking all the unselfish teammates who have helped her daughter reach 1,000 points and above.

Others who have reached the elite club, include Jeanne Hinchee 1,559, Vanessa Gray 1,413, Morgan Dooms 1,260, and Jesse Mathieu 1,035. Those totals are unofficial and likely incomplete.