February 19th, 2011

Rockets Halt Skid With Win At Presentation

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Rockets Halt Skid With Win At Presentation
photo by Chris Jung

Hartlage, Foley lead Assumption to 67-54 victory over Toppers

Presentation Academy celebrated Senior Night by welcoming Assumption High School to its gymnasium on Friday, but it was Rockets senior Maggie Hartlage who decided to seek redemption after a dismal performance on her own Senior Night a few weeks ago at AHS. 

Using a pair of key, third-quarter 3-pointers, Hartlage dropped a game-high 20 points and led Assumption to a much-needed 67-54 win over the Toppers.

AHS forward Morgan Foley also poured in a big game for the Rockets, as the junior had a coming out party and contributed a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double in the win that broke a three-game slide for Assumption. 

Hartlage, who committed to play basketball at Centre College following the game, and Foley combined for more than half of the Rockets' point total on 13-of-25 shooting and were two of three Assumption players in double-figure scoring. Sophomore Dee Dee Sliter was the third. She had ten points and played stifling defense against the guard-heavy Presentation attack of Bailey Reeder and Shelby Adams. 

The Reeder-Adams duo did combine for 30 of the Toppers' 54 points in the losing effort, but their supporting cast was held mostly in check. Lone Pres senior Rachel Russ did have 13 points in the final home game of her career.

"I thought we played a really nice team game," said Assumption Head Coach Stephanie Greathouse. "We played together tonight. There was a lot of good passing, which is something we've been working on." 

Assumption benefited from 20-plus Presentation turnovers, but also had a clear size advantage down low. As a result, Foley, Katie Friedrich, and Kelsey Kaiser played a high-low game that created point-blank looks at the basket. 

"That was the plan," said Greathouse. "(Size) was definitely an advantage we had over them and we had to take advantage of it. Morgan really stepped up and played a great game today. That was probably one of her best games. I want that girl every night." 

Early on, after the Toppers scored the game's first points, Assumption responded with an 8-0 run that was capped by a Hartlage layup off a Presentation turnover.  The Rockets went on to outscore Pres 12-9 in the opening quarter and used four straight points from Hartlage to take its largest lead to that point - a 22-15 advantage with 3:28 to go before halftime. 

Reeder scored eight of her co-team high 15 points in the second quarter to keep Presentation within striking distance. Her running floater attempt at the buzzer rimmed out just before the end of the second quarter and the Rockets took a 30-20 lead to the locker room. 

Adams took over the primary offensive role for the Toppers in the third quarter with nine points and a 5-of-5 performance from the free throw line. But her efforts were not enough to combat Hartlage's three-point flurry and four-point quarter from Megan Johnson. 

Presentation never got closer than seven points in the second half and the Rockets got 15 points out of the Sliter-Foley-Friedrich trio to close things out. Brandy Hunter, who had four points and four rebounds, also played some big minutes at the guard spot for AHS. Friedrich added five boards to her four points. Johnson also finished with four points.

For Presentation, Adams led her team in rebounds with six. Reeder had four boards. Both girls scored 15 points a piece in the contest. 

The defeat closed out the regular season for the Toppers, who will begin postseason play on Monday in the 23rd District Tournament against Shawnee at Central High School.  For Assumption, the Rockets will play its fourth game in nine days on Saturday - a home game against St. Henry.

"I think it's good. If you take a break or slack off, then it's hard to get them back for tournament time. We're just staying in stride. We actually were on a losing streak, so I'm glad we had these two games to get back in the win column and let the girls feel good about themselves going into the tournament." 

The AHS postseason will begin on Wednesday in the 26th District Tournament, as Assumption will battle the Atherton-Whitefield Academy winner in the tourney semifinals at Atherton.


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