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Second-half surge lifts Whiting over R-U

Thursday, December 21, 2006

R-U guard Ashley Tritz sprints up the court on a fast break Tuesday in the Lady Rockets' loss to Whiting.
(Sentinel photo by T.J. Miles)
The Whiting girls basketball team broke away from a 19-19 tie at halftime to defeat Maple Valley Conference rival Remsen-Union 52-38 Tuesday in Remsen.

"We had a good first half," said R-U Coach Randy Frericks. "But then in the second half it came down to us committing too many turnovers and not putting our shots down."

R-U looked good early in the contest, taking a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Whiting buckled down and found its defensive game, forcing 25 R-U turnovers and limiting the Rockets to 14 of 41 shots from the field.

"Whiting is a scrappy, quick team," said Frericks, "and they took advantage of what I call unforced turnovers - bad decisions and bad passing. That and our poor shooting is what did it in for us."

The Rockets also struggled from the free-throw line, making only nine of 24 shots.

Gina Frericks led the Rockets charge with eight points, eight boards and five steals. Susan Law added seven points and seven boards, Erica Loutsch had four points and four boards, and Mandy Staab had six points. Kelsey Gries stepped up defensively with four blocks. Amber Zortman led all scorers with 18 for Whiting.

"We've been fighting the flu bug last week and this week," said Frericks. "Our starting guard Cassie Stoos was out of the game tonight with the flu. She gives us more defensive pressure and better overall chemistry. We'll see Whiting again right after New Year's and we should be able to give them a different look. If we can rebound as well as we did tonight and improve our shooting and reduce our turnovers, we'll give them a good run next time."

R-U closes the book on the 2006 portion of their schedule with a record of 2-6. The team travels to MVC rival Kingsley-Pierson January 2.

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