Friday, January 28, 2011

Last second shot dooms Rockets

The Crittenden County Rockets basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to the McLean County Cougars, 51-49 Friday night at Rocket Arena. With just 2.6 seconds left in regulation, the Rockets held a slim one point advantage.

The Cougars inbounded the ball from their own sideline and with help from a backscreen, Junior guard Eli Ellis was able to slip his defender and score on a lay-up while getting fouled with just one second remaining. Ellis made the free throw to put the Cougars up by two points, forcing Senior guard Casey Oliver to heave a hail-mary shot from three-quarters court away that fell short as time expired.

Sophomore Thomas Scott played his best game of the season, scoring 16 points and leading the Rockets to a 25-24 halftime advantage. Crittenden relinquished the lead only twice the entire game before the last second bucket by Ellis.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lady Rockets take Second Region Title

The Lady Rockets beat the Lady Lyon's Monday night to claim the Second Region All 'A' Classic crown, 54-41 at Rocket Arena. Propelled by a 30-10 halftime lead, Crittenden staved off a late rally by Lyon County that secured the Lady Rocket's fifth regional Class A title since 1998.

Senior point guard Jessie Hodge led a balanced attack for the Lady Rockets with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Bailey Brown dropped in 10 points and senior Whitney Johnson added nine points and eight rebounds in the win.

Crittenden will play in the Kentucky All A Classic State Tournament starting Feb. 2 at Richmond against Region 11 champion, Lexington Christian.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rockets fall to Lyons

Crittenden County played host to Lyon County Tuesday night in the opening round of the 2nd Region All 'A' Classic, losing 54-43. The Rockets went into the half with a 19-18 lead, but couldn't keep pace with the Lyons in the final two quarters. Casey Oliver fouled out late in the fourth quarter and led Crittenden in scoring with 20 points. Aaron Owen tossed in 12 points for the struggling Rockets, who fell to 3 - 12 on the season.

Lyon County moves on in the tournament and faces Livingston Central, Friday at Rocket Arena.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rockets' great start dwindles to a loss to Livingston

While showing a much better effort in the rematch last Friday, it was still not enough to get the Rockets over the hump as they dropped a hard-fought 50-44 decision to visiting Fifth District archrival Livingston Central.

Employing a combination of 2-3 and 2-1-2 zones, the Rockets got off to a crisp start, holding the Cardinals in check during the first quarter while building a 10-4 lead.

Lady Rockets no. 1 in district

The Lady Rockets had little trouble sweeping the season series against Fifth District archrival Livingston Central Friday in Marion, dealing a 50-26 blow and wrapping up the no. 1 seed for next month's postseason tournament.

Crittenden raced out to a 5-1 lead at the 5:38 mark of the opening stanza, capped off by an old-fashioned three-pointer by senior forward Laken Tabor.

The Lady Rockets' sticky man-to-man defense gave the Lady Cardinals trouble all night, limiting them to just one field goal in the first 8:00 and only six for the entire contest.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Illness, injuries leave Rockets short-handed

Having two players sidelined due to sickness and shooting an icy 17-of-60 from the floor were too much for the Rockets to overcome Tuesday as visiting Trigg County avenged an earlier loss last month 64-50.

Not being a deep team to begin with, having Thomas Scott and Jesse Highfil out with illnesses made the task of sweeping the Wildcats an even tougher chore.

Trigg jumped out to an 8-3 lead and never trailed in the contest, placing three players in double figures.

Lady Rockets defeat Trigg 60-31

The Lady Rockets used a 51-26 rebounding advantage to stay unbeaten in Fifth District play Tuesday night, easily defeating visiting Trigg County 60-31.

After leading 14-7 after one quarter of action, Crittenden continued to dominate the contest, expanding its lead the rest of the way.