by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
You know you're struggling when you accept a little bit better than 50 percent at the foul line.
One way or another, the members of the Streetsboro girls basketball team need to start making free throws if they want to have any success this season.
The Rockets fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division after losing a 50-35 decision to Ravenna Dec. 8 on the road.
Streetsboro made 11-of-20 foul shots against the Ravens. Such a conversion rate is far from great, but Rockets head coach Allison Carey will take it.
Because Streetsboro shot 8-of-29 from the charity stripe during a 41-36 home loss to Copley Dec. 5.
"It has been a problem for the last few years," Carey said. "Thirty minutes before practice, they have to make 30 free throws. That number is going to increase."
Ravenna, which posted a 36-28 win in the junior varsity contest, gained all the momentum late in the first half, according to Carey.
"Ravenna is always going to be good," she said. "I was disappointed with our score. We could have made it closer. They [the Ravens] scored six transition points in a row. We go into halftime down 11 instead of five."
Megan Densmore led the Rockets with 13 points and Shania Williams and Alison Targosky added nine and eight points, respectively.
Three players scored in double digits for Ravenna. Fallon Schwab-Davis led the way with 12 points and Deja Sanders and Jalynn Starks finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The free-throw debacle against Copley really bothered Carey. Streetsboro, which earned a commanding 46-22 victory in the JV contest, just went from bad to worse throughout the game.
"We were 1-of-10 from the line in the second quarter," Carey said. "I thought we did what we needed to do in terms of execution, but you can't miss 21 free throws."
Despite the foul-shot woes, the coach believes the team is making progress in other categories.
"We're doing a majority of things correctly on offense," Carey said. "We're never going to be a high-scoring team. We just want to make sure we get good looks. We've outrebounded every team except Ravenna and we're stopping people we're supposed to stop."
The Rockets are scheduled to host Metro Division rival Kent Roosevelt Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. They are set to visit Metro Division foe Coventry Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m.
"I told the girls the league is somewhat open to who wants it the most," Carey said. "Kent beat Field and Coventry had two very close losses against PTC teams. We're hoping to get a couple of wins."