by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
There is a banner that represents the Streetsboro girls basketball team's accomplishments over the years.
Sadly, the banner has just one number on it.
"It says 1986," Rockets head coach Allison Carey said. "I think that's the last time Streetsboro won a sectional title. Before the season, our goal was to put some numbers on that banner."
There is still some work to be done if the Rockets want to add some numbers.
Nevertheless, the 2013-14 squad is on the verge of doing something no Streetsboro team has done before.
While the host Rockets lost a 47-33 decision to Portage Trail Conference County Division rival James A. Garfield Feb. 5, Streetsboro made history two days earlier.
The Rockets earned a 34-24 home win over Alliance Feb. 3. The victory gave Streetsboro 14 for the season.
The 14 wins tied the school record that was set by the 2004-05 team.
As of press time, the Rockets were 14-7 overall and 6-5 in the division.
"It was great to get that 14th win," Carey said. "The girls were very excited after the game. It was a great game for us."
Streetsboro hoped to break the record against Garfield. It would have been the perfect night to do it. Unfortunately, the Rockets fell short.
"It was our Senior Night and we had a big crowd," Carey said. "It was a chance to show that we are a good team. But give [head coach] Aaron Gilbert and his entire team credit. They have gotten so much better."
Garfield had a 22-14 lead at halftime and outscored the Rockets 14-7 in the final eight minutes.
Alison Targosky led Streetsboro with a game-high 16 points and Marra Woods added nine points.
"Their game plan was better than ours," Carey said. "They went with a zone and pressed us, which they didn't do the first time.
'We didn't execute well and that had a lot to do with a lack of planning as a coach.
'We should have been prepared, but unfortunately, we were not."
Garfield led much of the way, but the Rockets cut their deficit to a deuce (26-24) in the third quarter. But that was as close as Streetsboro got.
"Garfield called time-out and then pulled away after that time-out," Carey said.
Against Alliance, the Rockets outscored Alliance in every quarter and was up 15-9 at halftime. Targosky led the way with a game-high 19 points.
"Our defense was the key," Carey said. "It wasn't a good shooting game for us."
Carey praised Shania Williams for her efforts. Williams, who was ill, scored four points in limited action.
"Shania was very much under the weather," Carey said. "She didn't tell me, but I could tell she wasn't feeling well before the game. She started, but she didn't play much in the first half.
"At halftime, she told me she could play. I played her for a little more than two minutes and she scored the first four points of the second half.
"She got a layup off a steal and busted her tail for two minutes. I couldn't have asked for anything more from her."
Streetsboro is scheduled to play Waterloo in its regular-season finale Feb. 12 in Atwater. Varsity game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The seventh-seeded Rockets earned a first-round bye in the Austintown Division II sectional-district tournament.
They are set to play the Struthers-Crestwood winner in a sectional title contest Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
If third-seeded Struthers wins, the game is scheduled to take place in Struthers.
If Crestwood wins, the game is set to take place in Streetsboro.