Streetsboro girls hoops team gets past Woodridge

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by Frank Aceto

Associate Sports Editor

Streetsboro head girls basketball coach Allison Carey would do anything to have the Mogadore game back.

But her team's performance in the next two games made Carey feel a bit more at ease.

The host Rockets earned their second consecutive victory after posting a 50-39 win over Woodridge Dec. 14.

The victory came two days after Streetsboro posted a lopsided 58-16 win over Western Reserve Academy, which took place Dec. 12 at home.

And that victory came one day after the Rockets lost a 55-46 decision to the Lady Wildcats in a Portage Trail Conference County Division showdown Dec. 11 at home.

"The Mogadore game was a big loss, but they rallied back," Carey said. "Woodridge is a tough conference matchup."

The two-game winning streak improved Streetsboro's overall record to 4-4. The Rockets moved to 2-2 in the County Division.

Against the Lady Bulldogs, Alison Targosky led Streetsboro with 14 points and Marra Woods added 12 points for the Rockets, who had a 28-14 lead at halftime after outscoring Woodridge 18-7 in the second quarter.

"Both teams played good all-around defense in the first quarter," Carey said. "In the second quarter, we turned it on. We started hitting more outside shots and we got to the line more. We shot seven foul shots in the second quarter after taking two in the first quarter. We also were able to adjust to their [the Lady Bulldogs'] stronger players."

Against WRA, Streetsboro had a slim 10-8 lead in the second period. Once again, the Rockets flipped a switch. They went on a 14-0 run to take complete control.

"WRA has a lot of size," Carey said. "Defensively, they're a good team.

"We got off to a slow start. I called time-out and told the girls, 'We need to turn it on. Slow starts aren't going to get us anywhere in the PTC.' And that's when we made our run."

Woods led Streetsboro with 12 points and Targosky added 10 points. Shania Williams and Rachel Murphy each had eight points for the Rockets.

Streetsboro certainly had its chances against Mogadore. In the end, the Rockets had no answer for Lady Wildcats' star Ashley Barker, who finished with a game-high 24 points.

"Ashley Barker is an amazing player," Carey said. "She's a very athletic guard who is very tough to defend."

Still, though, Streetsboro managed to make things interesting for much of the evening. The Rockets just couldn't get over the hump.

"Mogadore would take the lead, we would come back to tie it and then they would pull away again," Carey said. "They're a really tough opponent."

Williams led Streetsboro with 13 points and Targosky and Woods added 10 and eight points, respectively.

The Rockets are scheduled to visit Garfield Heights Trinity Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. They are set to visit Middlefield to play Cardinal Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

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