Lady Rockets open with win over H-T 'cats

By John Bernhardt
When he watched his Brooklyn Nets team play during the preseason, coach Avery Johnson knew he had the talent to battle for a spot in the NBA’s Eastern Division. Avery’s challenge was to convince his team they could be good. “What we need is a win that’s more than a win,” he told reporters.  Johnson was talking about a win over one of the NBA’s more established franchises like the Celtics, Knicks, or Lakers.

On the local level, the Roxbury girls’ basketball team may have gotten “a win that’s more than a win” last week when they erased a 10-point second half deficit to beat Hunter-Tannersville, 39-35, in their first game of the season.

The third quarter was the turning point for Roxbury.  After H-T stretched a six-point halftime lead to 10 in the opening minutes of the second half, the Rockets went to work.  Kennedy Faraci led the rally.  The senior guard scored a game-high 15 points that included an eight-of-13 night from the foul line. 
Kendal Sprague added 11 points for Roxbury including a basket to break a 35-35 tie in the closing minutes.

Taylor Firmalino led H-T with 11 points.  Sarah Murin and Taylor Dart both threwin nine for the Wildcats.