February 24th, 2011

Rockets Roll Past Whitefield Academy 70-24

Nick Curran

Contributing Writer

Rockets Roll Past Whitefield Academy 70-24
photo courtesy of Jeff Hartlage

Assumption advances to district final with lopsided win

The Assumption High School Rockets flew out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back in a 70-24 win over Whitefield Academy in Wednesday night’s girls 26th District Tournament semifinal at Atherton High School.

“We were just trying to get the little things right. We were trying not to put them on the line, we’ve been having trouble with that, trying to take care of getting rebounds and blocking out,” said Assumption Head Coach Stephanie Greathouse. “Overall, I thought it was a good effort.”

Assumption junior Becca Durbin started the Rockets’ run with a lay-in just over a minute into the game and capped it with another lay-up just over halfway through the first quarter. 

Whitefield answered with back-to-back buckets by 8th grader Hannah Bewley and freshman Rachel Cowles to cut the lead to 9-4, but the Lady Cats would not get any closer.

The Rockets then rattled off an 8-0 run topped off by a basket in the paint and a jumper from the free-throw line from sophomore Kelsey Kaiser to make the lead 17-4. Kaiser scored the last six points of the first quarter for Assumption, giving the Rockets a commanding 19-6 lead after one period.

“Kelsey’s real strong underneath,” said Greathouse. “She’s real active under the basket; if she gets the ball underneath, she’s going to put it in.”

Kaiser finished with 10 points on the night while also triggering several fast breaks with solid outlet passes. Joining Kaiser to lead the Rockets were Durbin and sophomore Alyx White. The Rockets’ lone senior, Maggie Hartlage, finished with eight points.

It was a true team effort for Assumption as 12 of the 13 players who saw action got into the scoring column.

Cowles led the way for Whitefield with nine points.

With the win, the Rockets advance to the 26th District title game for the fifth time in six years after re-districting following the 2004-2005 season. Assumption also secures a spot in next week’s Seventh Region Tournament. While the program is familiar with district titles, this inexperienced group may still have some nerves.

“We only have one senior and two juniors, so there’s not a lot of experience in this group. It should be a good experience for them,” said Greathouse.

The Rockets won all four of those trips to the district title game since the lines were redrawn.

Assumption will face off against Fern Creek High School in the title game Friday at 6pm at Atherton, after the Tigers’ 67-54 win over Moore High School in the other semifinal.

The Rockets picked up a 62-49 win over Fern Creek at Assumption on Feb. 1. The game will also be a rematch of the 2009 26th District championship game, which Assumption also won 54-41.


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