by Frank Aceto
Associate sports editor
Cuyahoga Falls -- Their opponent has fallen on hard times in recent years.
They also committed their share of turnovers.
Regardless, the Rockets' breakthrough season continues.
The Streetsboro girls basketball team improved to 7-4 on the season after posting a convincing 50-36 win over Cuyahoga Falls Dec. 28 on the road.
It was the Rockets' fifth consecutive victory and it was their first win against a Division I opponent. The Black Tigers, who have struggled in recent years, fell to 3-7.
"It's a big win for us," Streetsboro head coach Allison Carey said. "It is and will most likely be our only win against a Division I team. I know they're [the Black Tigers] down from previous years, but we're happy to come out on top."
The Rockets' recipe for success was pretty much the same old, same old.
Streetsboro overwhelmed Falls with its inside game.
Thanks mainly to the work of forwards Alison Targosky, Shania Williams and Marra Woods, the taller Rockets had their way in the post.
"We only saw them once, but we knew we had to limit No. 32 [Karleigh Zeiszler]," Carey said. "We wanted to limit them inside."
Targosky, Williams and Woods combined for 32 points and controlled the glass for much of the way. Williams took on the task of guarding Zeiszler and performed admirably. Zeiszler finished with just six points.
As for Targosky, she continues her stellar season. The standout forward led the way with 16 points and was a force in the low past throughout the afternoon.
"Alison has done a better job of getting rebounds and staying calm," Carey said. "In the past, if she got called for a foul, she would get flustered and that would take her out of the game. That's not happening this year."
Williams and Woods added eight points apiece for Streetsboro and guard Brooke Bolyard was the Rockets' main outside threat with eight points.
Streetsboro took control with an 8-0 run late in the first quarter. That gave the Rockets a 14-6 lead early in the second period.
Streetsboro got its advantage up to double digits later in the half and never looked back. The Rockets led by as many as 20 (47-27) early in the fourth quarter.
"We talked about rebounding before the game," Falls head coach Joe Nowak said. "We didn't do as well as we liked on both ends of the floor. We can't afford to beat ourselves, especially in the first half."
The Black Tigers did force their share of turnovers, thanks to their full-court press. But they were no match for Streetsboro's efficient low-post attack.
Guard Zoey Bosley led Falls with 13 points and Emma Freeman and Lexy Dieterich added nine and eight points, respectively.
As for the Rockets, they are moving in some uncharted territory.
Prior to this season, Streetsboro had won a total of 12 games over the last three seasons. The Rockets have already surpassed their win total from last season.
"We're pleased to be 7-4, but we don't want to say, 'Good job -- we've accomplished what we wanted to accomplish,'" Carey said. "We're not happy with where were at."
Streetsboro is scheduled to visit Portage Trail Conference County Division rival James A. Garfield Jan. 4 in Garrettsville. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.