by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
They are official when it comes to the win/loss record.
But Streetsboro head girls basketball coach Allison Carey didn't put too much stock on her team's first three games.
"The last three games are real games, but in my mind, we treat them like the preseason," she said. "Conference play is where our hearts are. We faced some good competition in Copley and Tallmadge. Those games got us ready for conference play."
Carey is referring to the Portage Trail Conference County Division. Streetsboro is scheduled to make its County Division debut at Rootstown Dec. 4. Varsity tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
To tune up for the County Division, the Rockets, who lost a 45-32 decision to Tallmadge in their season debut, went 1-1 against Copley and Akron North last week on the road.
Streetsboro lost a 44-34 decision to the Indians Nov. 30 after earning a lopsided 60-28 win over the Vikings Nov. 26.
Against Copley, the Rockets trailed 13-4 after one quarter before rallying to take the lead in the third period. But the Indians regained their advantage and pulled away in the final eight minutes to earn the win.
Copley made the free throw line its home for most of the evening. The Indians sank 18 of 35 foul shots, while Streetsboro made 10 of 14. Copley shot 10 free throws in the first quarter.
"I think a lot of that had to do with us playing aggressive defense," Carey said. "It didn't deter us. My girls didn't quit and they got it to 19-15 at halftime and we went ahead in the third quarter. We were within five in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late."
Forward Alison Targosky led Streetsboro with 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Marra Woods added eight points and seven rebounds. The Rockets committed 22 turnovers. The Indians finished with 18 miscues.
"We did a good job from the free throw line and the turnovers were about the same," Carey said. "They [the Indians] were pressing us. I didn't think we had any horrible turnovers and when we turned the ball over, we got back on defense. But we can't turn the ball over and foul as much as we did if we're going to win."
The Rockets didn't have such issues against Akron North.
Streetsboro took control from the opening tip and never looked back. The Rockets had a 54-19 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
"It was their [the Vikings'] first game," Carey said. "I think we played off that a little bit. Their coach said their top three players were either hurt or ineligible. We played well. We put the ball in the hoop."
Carey was particularly pleased with the play of her backcourt.
"Our guards stepped up," Carey said. "Lindsay Washinski had two threes. We're looking for our guards to score."
Streetsboro's front court also did its thing.
Targosky led all scorers with 18 points and Woods and forward Shania Williams each had 11 points. Woods also had a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Rockets are scheduled to visit division rival Southeast Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
"We're a different look than most [County Division] teams," Carey said. "Our power is inside, while other teams rely on their guards. If our guards can match up, we'll be OK."