by Colin Harris | Reporter
Kent -- The Streetsboro girls basketball team was no match for Kent Roosevelt Jan. 23 as the Rough Riders stormed to a 61-26 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division win.
Kent (10-6, 7-3) broke the game open in the second quarter, turning a 13-7 lead into a 32-12 halftime advantage.
Six different Rough Riders scored during the second quarter, led by five points from junior guard Justina Fortson. Senior forward Courtney Olesh also chipped in four of her team-high 14 points during the second quarter as Kent outscored the Rockets 19-5 in the eight minutes of play.
The Rough Riders' defense played a major role in the win, holding Streetsboro to single-digit offensive outputs in each of the four quarters.
"We started the game in a press and then we settled back into a zone," Kent head coach Craig Foreman said. "We eventually worked into a half-court man, but it seemed like we were having success with everything we were doing."
The Rockets were shaken during the second period when senior captain Shannon Blondeaux hit the deck hard near the basket.
After a lengthy delay, Blondeaux was helped off of the court and would eventually be taken to the hospital to receive further medical attention.
Streetsboro head coach Allison Carey said Blondeaux's absence was a heavy blow to her team's psyche.
"When our girls see a senior captain like Shannon have to leave to go to the hospital, it's really difficult," Carey said.
"Shannon is a major part of our team and her presence is definitely known when she's on the court."
After a late night at the hospital, Carey her senior captain is doing much better.
"She has been cleared to play, but we are still keeping an eye on her," she said.
Even at full strength, it would have been difficult for the Rockets (4-12, 2-8) to contend with the Rough Riders' offensive play.
Eight different Kent players scored in the winning effort, led by Olesh and Brianna Rock, who finished with 12 points. Olesh also led the Rough Riders in rebounds with six as part of a 27-rebound team effort.
Kent only recorded one three-pointer as most of its work was done around the basket and with short jumpers as nearly every shot Kent took seemed like the correct decision.
Marra Woods led Streetsboro with six points in a losing effort. She also pulled down four rebounds for the Rockets, who lost a 47-43 decision in the junior varsity contest.
Streetsboro is set to host Metro Division rival Coventry Jan. 30 before heading to Mogadore to play Metro Division foe Field Feb. 2. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.