February 22nd, 2020

Rockets Fall 59-39 in Regular Season Finale

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Rockets Fall 59-39 in Regular Season Finale
Rockets Fall 59-39 in Regular Season Finale/ photo by Jeff Woods

Assumption dropped a 59-39 decision in its regular-season finale against No. 6 Elizabethtown Friday night. The Rockets were without leading rebounder Maddie Nalley, who missed the game recovering from the flu. Head coach Stacy Pendleton believes she’ll be ready to go for the postseason. 


“I think we were in a big lull tonight,” said Pendleton. “I’m not making excuses, but we are really dependent on Maddie Nalley in a number of ways. Our offense runs through her. Our defense is anchored by her, so her being out made it difficult, and people were playing roles they’re not used to.


“Couple that with E-town being really good. We had a hard time making runs when we needed to. And that had a lot to do with their bigs inside and their matchup zone. We didn’t get many good looks. And we looked at it. We didn’t attack it.”


Elizabethtown (22-5) was led by the duo of Whitney Hay and Kayra Freeman, who both finished with a game-high 15 points. Senior Megan Wellinghurst paced Assumption (17-11) with 14 points. 


The Rockets turn their attention to next week’s 26th District tournament. They will host Brown at 6 p.m. Monday in the district semifinal with the championship game set for Wednesday at 6. 


“We need everybody to be healthy and clicking,” said Pendleton. “We’ve been very fortunate all year long that all the key cogs have been rolling right along, healthy, injury-free, and sickness-free. Right now, it’s a little tough. We need that badly because we play six seniors and they get the lion’s share of the minutes.


“I think we’ve got a couple of kids who can step up if need be, but those seniors need to be clicking and healthy. And I think they’ll be okay. If we can survive Brown and Male next week, I think we’ll be rolling by the regional again.”


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