REMSEN -- The Remsen-Union girls led for three quarters but couldn't sustain the momentum for the win against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Friday.
The Hawks pulled away for a 39-36 win over R-U.
"It was a great effort for our girls defensively, but we came up a little short," the Rockets' coach Mike West said. "Turnovers are what did us in. Their press caused us a little trouble."
R-U led 10-7 coming out of the first quarter and lengthened the lead in the second quarter, making it 18-14 in the Rockets' favor at halftime.
The Rockets outscored HMS again in the third, making it 27-22, but it wasn't enough distance to keep the Hawks off their heels.
HMS bounded back into the game with a 14-point final quarter, while R-U scored nine.
"We missed a lot of easy shots and didn't make free throws down the stretch, we had turnovers," West said.
The Rockets went 6-for-10 on free throws in the first half, but went 1-for-9 from the charity stripe in the second half.
Leading scorers for R-U were junior Rachel West and senior Brittany Weikel with nine points each.
Brittany Sudtelgte, a senior for the Rockets, grabbed 10 rebounds for the night.
"Danika Tentinger played a nice game offensively and defensively for us," West added. "She rebounded well; she seven rebounds and scored seven points."
R-U (0-2) next hosts Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Tuesday.
"We've got a couple of injuries, so some of our other girls are just going to have to step up," West said.