Busy RCS teams win one, drop two games last week
By John Bernhardt
Sophomore Stacey Sprague is proving to be a force around the basket for the Roxbury girls’ basketball team.
Strong inside moves and a soft shooting touch from the foul line have seen Sprague generate some impressive point totals in the Rockets first two games. Last week Sprague’s 25 points to pace Roxbury to a season-opening 39-27 win over Hunter-Tannersville Tuesday night before a 14-point effort at Gilboa on Thursday.
It was a bookend kind of night for Roxbury Tuesday. The Rockets got off to a strong start and finished much the same in besting H-T. Sprague scored nine of Roxbury’s 15 points in the opening frame with the home team surging to a 15-6 lead.
H-T won back most of that difference with a 10-3 second frame with Roxbury up 18-16 at the half. The Rockets added a point to their lead entering the final eight minutes with a 26-23 advantage.
A 13-4 run in the final frame locked down the game for Roxbury.
Sprague was tough at the foul line, hitting 11 of her 15 tries. Speedy sophomore Jade Meehan reached double figures by netting 13 points for the victors.
The Rockets started off Thursday’s contest in Gilboa on a high note, outscoring their hosts, 12-10, over the first eight minutes. The middle frames would prove to be the Rockets’ undoing. Gilboa outscored the Rockets 14-5 and 14-4 in the middle periods to carry a 38-21 lead into the homestretch.
Eight Sprague foul shots helped the Roxbury’s center net 14 points to earn game-scoring honors.
The education of a young basketball team continues. Looking for their first win of the season Roxbury’s boys’ basketball team turned in a spirited effort in Hunter-Tannersville but came up a whisker short last week, falling, 43-40, to the Wildcats.
A 22-point scoring effort by Matt Faraci put the Rockets in a position to win with the Rockets holding a 40-37 lead with just 1:30 to play. Faraci would hit seven field goals, three from behind the three-point arc, and go five of six from the foul line on the night, but it would not be enough.
In the closing minute it was experience that would count. Hunter, the Delaware League champions two-years ago, and a team that battled for the Upper Division crown until the final week of the season last winter, had two returners from those teams who made a difference down the stretch.
With Roxbury clinging to a 40-39 lead, it was senior Dylan Webb who would drive the ball the length of the court for the winning score. The Rockets turned the ball back to H-T on the next possession them fouled Mike Tancredi. Tancredi missed the front end of a one-on-one, but Jake Davis, another H-T senior, pulled down the rebound. Davis drew a foul hitting both shots to seal the win.
A good start
Roxbury took a narrow 7-6 lead after the first eight minutes of the game before 10 Faraci points in the second quarter stretched the Rockets’ advantage to 21-15 at the half. But, H-T countered, outscoring their guests 11-4 in the third quarter, to lead 26-25 at the three-quarter mark.
Balanced scoring and a big advantage at the foul line factored into the outcome, Seven Wildcats hit the scoring column as opposed to only four for Roxbury. H-T paraded 27 times to the foul line, sinking 14 charity shots compared to just eight of 15 for Roxbury.
Will Rendler continues to put up consistent offensive numbers for Roxbury. The junior forward netted nine points.