by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
They were able to put it away when they needed to.
But the Rockets' performance wasn't too soothing on Streetsboro head girls basketball coach Allison Carey's nerves.
"That was definitely a little too close for me," she said.
Regardless, the Rockets got what they wanted. And they're one win away from matching their best win total in school history.
Host Streetsboro improved to 13-6 on the season after posting a 51-44 victory over Portage Trail Conference rival Crestwood Feb. 1. The Rockets finished 14-7 during the 2004-05 season.
"Everybody knows it and I'm really happy about it," Carey said of her team's win total. "They've played hard all year and they want to beat this record."
They just hope their next win won't be so nerve-racking.
It sure started out well.
Streetsboro outscored the Red Devils 17-3 in the first quarter, but Crestwood cut its deficit to four late in the fourth period.
"They [the Red Devils] made things interesting," Carey said.
"It's a rivalry game and we knew it would even out. They are a very aggressive team and they took gambles and got steals."
The Rockets had their issues on offense in the final 16 minutes.
They made just four field goals after halftime and were a woeful 7 of 17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Alison Targosky led Streetsboro with 17 points and Shania Williams added 11 points. A total of seven players scored at least two points for the Rockets.
The Rockets improved to 6-4 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division after posting a commanding 58-26 win over Woodridge Jan. 27 in Peninsula.
Streetsboro outscored the Lady Bulldogs 21-6 after the first eight minutes and never looked back. The Rockets outscored Woodridge 13-4 in the second quarter and 16-0 in the third period.
Targosky led the Rockets with a game-high 24 points and Marra Woods added 11 points.
"We played our best game of the year, offensively," Carey said. "Alison scored 12 points in the first quarter. She was on fire. She scored on mid-range jumpers, offensive rebounds and 3s."
Streetsboro also earned a convincing 43-20 win in the junior varsity contest.
The Rockets recently got the seventh seed in the Austintown Division II sectional-district tournament. Streetsboro earned a first-round bye and is scheduled to play the Struthers-Crestwood winner in a sectional title contest Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
If third-seeded Struthers wins, the Rockets will head to Struthers. If ninth-seeded Crestwood wins, the Rockets will host the Red Devils.
"We were hoping we would get a higher seed since we had 13 wins," Carey said. "All of the top seven teams in this district has a minimum of 13 wins and the eighth seed has six wins."
Cortland Lakeview received the top seed and Beloit West Branch and Ravenna got the second and fourth seeds, respectively.
Streetsboro was scheduled to entertain Alliance Feb. 3. Results were not available at press time.
The Rockets are set to host County Division rival James A. Garfield Feb. 5 before heading to Waterloo for a County Division showdown in their season finale Feb. 12.
Both varsity contests are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.