Streetsboro girls hoops team makes strides, but still fall short

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by Frank Aceto

Associate Sports Editor

They stayed close to one of the better teams in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division and they made a furious rally from a double-digit deficit.

Yes, the Rockets are taking some major steps as the regular season comes to a close.

Unfortunately, getting victories has still been extremely difficult for the Streetsboro girls basketball team

The Rockets dropped to 4-14 overall and 2-10 in the Metro Division after losing a 55-47 decision to Field Feb. 2 in Brimfield.

Streetsboro also lost a 50-44 decision to Metro Division rival Coventry Jan. 30 at home.

Three players reached double digits in scoring for Field.

Morgan Peachey led the way with 16 points and Tiffany Spaller and Camille Adelman added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Field (13-6, 8-4) outscored the Rockets 15-9 in the third quarter to take a 36-28 lead into the final eight minutes.

Allison Targosky led Streetsboro with 14 points and teammate Shannon Blondeaux scored 10 points.

The Rockets lost a 33-29 decision in the junior varsity contest.

Lindsay Washinski led Streetsboro with seven points.

"Field was a close game," Rockets head coach Allison Carey said. "They were ahead the entire game, but we were able to keep it close. We didn't get it into our post players as much as we would have liked."

Against Coventry (8-11, 3-9), Streetsboro made a furious rally after being down 13 in the fourth quarter.

"We brought it back to 43-41 and then we had two costly turnovers," Carey said. "But I was proud of our girls for fighting back."

Targosky led the Rockets with 17 points and Marra Woods added 12 points.

Streetsboro has been more competitive in recent weeks because it has been able to fix a couple of things that had been broken.

The Rockets have been making free throws and they've been more careful when the ball is in their hands.

"We were at 70 percent from the line [Feb. 3]," Carey said. "We're on the up and up. Our goal is to be under 20 turnovers and we've done that."

Streetsboro learned its tournament fate Feb. 3. The Rockets are scheduled to play the Beloit West Branch-Youngstown Liberty winner in a Division II sectional title contest Feb. 23 at Austintown Fitch High School. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.

West Branch received the second seed.

Canfield is the top seed and Struthers and Ravenna are the third and fourth seeds, respectively.

"The nice thing about having the bye is that we will be able to see them play before we play," Carey said.

Streetsboro is scheduled to visit Metro Division foe Norton Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Alliance Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. The Rockets are set to return home to play Uniontown Lake Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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