The Remsen-Union girls basketball team had suffered numerous close losses this season but came out victorious in a tightly contested matchup with MMC on Tuesday, 60-55.
"It was nice to finally win a close game. We hadn't done that yet this year," R-U coach Mike West said.
Both teams got off to a good start but the Rockets could gain a slight edge and finished the first quarter ahead 12-10.
The Eagles tried to claw their way back into the game in the second period, but R-U could extend its lead to four points, going into the half up 31-27.
While things had been evenly matched in the first half, the Rockets came out roaring after the break and outscored MMC 14-6 in the third stanza, resulting in a score of 45-33.
The outcome of the game seemed almost certain at this point, but the Eagles made things interesting again in the final eight minutes.
"Late in the third quarter it looked we were getting control of the game but we got sloppy and careless and let them get back into it," West said.
MMC outscored R-U 22-15, but it was not enough to keep the Rockets from collecting their sixth win of the season.
Remsen-Union had four girls in double figures, all of them seniors. Hailey Loutsch led her team with 14 points, followed by Brittany Sudtelgte and Kelsey Ruden with 13 each.Brittany Weikel had 12 points and six assists.
On the defensive end, Sudtelgte grabbed 12 rebounds. Weikel and Ruden had six boards each.
"Our four seniors came up big for us," West said. "I was pleased to see that."
With the win, the Rockets' record improves to 6-11. They will host Gehlen Catholic (11-4) tonight (Friday).
"Gehlen is a disciplined team," West said. "We have to be disciplined as well, have patience on offense and cut down on turnovers."