by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Streetsboro head girls basketball coach Allison Carey doesn't particularly care for running suicides.
Thanks to the performance of her team, she doesn't have much of a choice.
The Rockets earned a 60-49 victory over Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Springfield Jan. 12 in Akron.
With the win, Streetsboro improved to 3-10 overall and 2-6 in the division.
The team's point total was a season high and the Rockets made 16-of-24 foul shots.
Streetsboro's effort at the free throw line has been a major problem throughout the season. They finally found their form against the Lady Spartans.
Carey will certainly take it even if it forces her lungs to work a little harder than normal.
"If they shoot under 50 percent, they have to run suicides," she said. "If they shoot above 60 percent, I have to run suicides."
And how does Carey, a former basketball player at Solon High School, feel about this?
"I hate them," she said. "I feel like I'm going to die. But I'll gladly do them if it helps motivate the team."
Things started rather inauspiciously for the Rockets.
Springfield jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Fortunately, Streetsboro quickly regrouped with a 12-2 run of its own.
"I told the girls before the game, 'Springfield is going to come ready to play,'" Carey said. "They've gotten a lot better and were capable of beating us."
Megan Densmore had other ideas.
The Rockets point guard finished with a game-high and career-high 28 points. She knocked down a trio of three-pointers and was the main reason her coach is running sprints after making seven of eight shots from the foul line.
"As far as I know that's the most points anyone has scored for us in my three years," Carey said. "She allowed the game to come to her. She got into a catch-and-shoot rhythm and got a lot of kickouts from our post players."
Streetsboro, which has turned up the offense in recent weeks, took control with a 17-9 spurt in the second quarter. The Rockets also outscored Springfield (1-10, 0-8) 21-14 in the fourth quarter.
"We started playing our game, which is pushing the ball and looking inside to our post players," Carey said.
The Lady Falcons earned a 33-24 win in the junior varsity contest.
Streetsboro lost a 60-54 decision to Metro Division foe Crestwood Jan. 9 in Mantua.
Tia Nuti led the Lady Red Devils with a game-high 25 points. Shania Williams and Mikaela Dombrowski had 16 and 10 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who made just 11-of-24 shots from the charity stripe. Crestwood converted 24-of-40 shots from the line.
"There was a 16-8 foul disparity in the second half," Carey said. "Tia Nuti had a phenomenal game. It was tough to stop her. It was a close game the entire time."
Streetsboro scored a 33-22 victory in the JV game.
The Rockets are scheduled to host Metro Division rival Ravenna Jan. 16 and Garfield Heights Trinity Jan. 19. Both varsity contests are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.