Stamford edges RCS in tourney

By John Bernhardt
The Roxbury game plan involved adjustments designed to slow down Stamford’s high scoring forward Cassie Ehrhart. That strategy proved fruitful when the Rockets held Ehrhart to only five points. But, in the process, the Rockets lost track of Kim Freer, and Freer netted a team- high 21 points helping Stamford edge their guests, 39-34, in the opening round of the Stamford Tournament on Friday night.

“We dug ourselves a bit of a hole in the first quarter,” explained Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci in reviewing the contest. A sluggish start was costly as Faraci’s team fell behind 13-4 by the close of the opening period. Both teams scored nine points in the second half with Stamford leading, 22-13, at the intermission.

Faraci’s gang battled back in the second half, erasing the entire Indian lead by the start of the final period. “We came out in the second half, worked hard and did some good things,” noted Faraci. As is often the case, steep comeback climbs expend large amounts of energy, and the Rockets couldn’t close the deal. “We just couldn’t finish it,” lamented Faraci.

Freer’s aggressive pursuit of missed shots created offensive rebounding scoring opportunities that played a big role in the final outcome. The Stamford forward was in motion when the Indians launched a shot, often pulling the ball off the glass for a put back basket. Although the Rockets limited Ehrhart’s point total, the tall forward found other ways to contribute, grabbing 12 rebounds
and making six steals.

Kennedy Faraci led the Roxbury comeback charge hitting four three-point goals as part of a 24-point effort.

Second round action scheduled for Saturday was postponed because of snow. Although final arrangements had yet to be determined, Faraci believes the tournament might be continued on Saturday.
At 4-3 on the season, Faraci is pleased with the direction of her team. “The attitude is positive, and the girls are confident, but not overconfident,” she said. “We’re getting better and building our skills each and every game.”