12/19/2013 11:12:00 AM Rocket girls get first two wins
by Mike Dalton
The RHS girls basketball team got its first two wins of the season last week, beating Alden Conger Tuesday and Bethany Academy Saturday.
Randolph played aggressive defense against Alden Conger, taking a 23-19 halftime lead before winning 51-48. The game stayed close throughout the second half, but timely shooting and good pressure defense down the stretch let the Rockets escape with a win.
"It's good to get that first win," said first-year coach Dennis Trom. "We learned a lot about ourselves that should help us in the future."
Ashleigh Dralle came off the bench to lead the team with 11 points, Carolyn Meyer had 10, and Wendy Splichal, Abby Meyer, Kelsie Jo Endres, and Karly Friedges each ended with six points.
The Rockets traveled to United South Central on Friday, coming home with a 64-47 loss.
The score was not indicative of how the girls played. "It's always been a difficult place to play, and we found ourselves down 21-7 early. The girls settled down and cut the gap to 31-24 at the half," Trom said. "We made a couple of adjustments at the half and came out with a lot of energy, which allowed us to take a 43-41 lead. From that point on USC caught fire and we needed to foul, and they finished the game on a 19-4 run. The girls played their hearts out against a much taller team and I couldn't be more proud of their effort."
Dralle was again a spark off the bench, but suffered an injury late in the game. Madi Taylor led the team with nine points, Abby Meyer and Endres had eight each, Splichal and Friedges had five, and Carolyn Meyer and Dralle had four apiece.
The Rockets had an easy time Saturday against a struggling Bethany Academy program, winning 48-8.
"We were able to work on some things and also get some of our younger players significant playing time," Trom said.
Sami Bey led with 11 points, Splichal added 10, with Alexa Thesing (four points), Makayla Kuhn (two) and Kori Friedges (two) scoring their first varsity points.
The Rockets were at New Life Academy Tuesday. They host Faribault BA on Friday, Dec. 20, and will host a 4-team holiday tournament on Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28.