by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Their coach got decorated in some aerosol string.
And they got free T-shirts and a pizza party.
Yes, life is good for the Rockets.
The Streetsboro girls basketball team broke the school record for wins in a season after posting a convincing 57-40 victory over Waterloo Feb. 12 in Atwater.
The win was the Rockets' 15th, surpassing the 14-win total that was set during the 2004-05 season.
They finished the regular season with a 15-7 record and a 7-5 mark in the Portage Trail Conference County Division.
"They were very excited," Streetsboro head coach Allison Carey said.
"We would have liked to have done it a week earlier on Senior Night, but it was fun."
Streetsboro outscored the Vikings 16-6 in the second quarter and 18-11 in the final eight minutes to take control.
"I have to give credit to Waterloo," Carey said. "They played us a lot tougher than we expected.
"They have gotten so much better since the beginning of the season."
Alison Targosky led the Rockets with a game-high 21 points.
Marra Woods added 11 points for Streetsboro, which earned a lopsided 41-8 win in the junior varsity contest.
"Alison and Shania [Williams] came up big and Marra had a huge game," Carey said. "I'm pretty sure Marra had a double-double.
"The girls played hard the whole game. They showed a lot of heart and desire."
Targosky has scored a school-record 309 points this season. Woods has grabbed a school-record 245 rebounds.
The Rockets earned the seventh seed in the Austintown Division II sectional-district tournament.
They are scheduled to visit third-seeded Struthers in a sectional title contest Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Struthers features 1,000-point scoring point guard McKenna Shives.
"We've seen Struthers three times," Carey said. "They have five seniors who have been playing together for awhile. They've got strong guards and we're strong in the post. I have no doubt that Taylor Tuma will do a great job defending McKenna Shives."
The winner is set to play the Hubbard-Cortland Lakeview winner in a district semifinal game Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.