by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
They have a knack for drawing contact.
Unfortunately, the Rockets are not reaping the rewards.
The Streetsboro girls basketball team fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division after losing a 59-40 decision to Coventry Dec. 15 in Akron.
The Comets outscored the Rockets 22-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Streetsboro missed 10 free throws in the final eight minutes and converted just 18-of-44 foul shots for the game. Sadly, this has been a troublesome trend for the Rockets throughout the season.
"We're going to continue to work on it," Streetsboro head coach Allison Carey said.
"Their press really hurt us and we had some girls in foul trouble."
While they still have a long way to go, the Rockets have made points in the paint a priority lately.
Post players Alison Targosky and Marra Woods led Streetsboro with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Coventry's Kristi Morisak led all scorers with 23 points. Chloe Baird added 16 points for the Comets (3-2).
"We looked for more post production and we had two girls step up," Carey said. "We just had some costly turnovers."
The host Rockets also lost a 60-38 decision to Metro Division rival Kent Roosevelt Dec. 12. Streetsboro trailed 42-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
"They're [the Rough Riders] definitely one of the stronger teams," Carey said.
The Rockets made just 8-of-20 free throws and got 15 points from Woods. Brianna Rock led Kent with 18 points and Jenn Doershuk added 13 points.
Streetsboro is scheduled to host Metro Division foe Field Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Rockets are set to travel to Richfield to play Revere Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
"Field is going to be really tough," Carey said. "Revere has a strong freshman class. It's definitely a winnable game for us.
"If we can get the ball past half court, I'll be happy. We run our offense well and I think we have some of the best post players in the league.
"They're strong and they grab a lot of rebounds."