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2012 - 2013 GBB Season: Woodstock Regional

February 21, 2013
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RB Girls Basketball Statistical Leader

Area Leaders
Through games of Feb. 15
Scoring
Player, School Games Pts. Avg.
Callanan, R-B 26 302 11.6
Boettjer, R-B 26 275 10.6

(Minimum 15 attempts)
Player, School FTM-FTA Pctg.

Callanan, R-B 37-50 74.0

Boettjer, R-B 43-66 65.2

3-Pointers
Player, School No.

Callanan, R-B 23

For complete list see: http://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2013/02/17/r_fb_cthsr3iosoxshw6g1a/index.xml  (NWHerald 2/17/13)

 

Class 3A Woodstock Regional~

By PATRICK MASON - pmason@shawmedia.com

WOODSTOCK – Whether it was rising to the occasion for a big game or her bright green shoes, Marian Central's Shannon Wuensch had a first quarter she won't soon forget.

Wuensch showed why she is the Hurricanes' all-time leading scorer, as she made five consecutive shots and scored 11 points while not missing a basket in the first quarter Wednesday, and Marian rolled to a 56-45 victory over Richmond-Burton in the semifinals of the Class 3A Woodstock Regional. Marian will face Woodstock North in Friday's championship game.

"We were just so excited to be in the position we are in," Wuensch said. "We knew we had to come out and play a full four-quarters of basketball and we all just had so much energy and everything was going in.

"Once I made a few and the other girls made some, I think we were all just so excited to be clicking and everything was coming together."

Her teammates followed the senior's lead as point guard Alissa Melchionna scored seven in the first quarter, while Hannah Davis and Ellen Koscielniak each contributed four. By the time the first eight minutes were up the Hurricanes led 26-8 on 12 of 19 shooting.

R-B (16-12) was able to muster production inside from Andrea Fox but it didn't seem ready for the Hurricanes (15-11).

The start surprised Marian coach Jacki Budmayr, who was hoping her team could get off to a fast start, but even she couldn't have predicted what happened Wednesday.

"That first quarter, in all my years of coaching, I have never seen a team perform like that," Budmayr said. "We said, 'We have to come out and bury this thing right away.' We knew Richmond-Burton is a really good ballclub and very physical, so we knew we had to get a lead. I just had no idea that we were going to take it that far and that it would be that awesome."

R-B's Andrea Fox scored a team-high 17 points.

"What I was proud of was the way my girls battled," first-year Rockets coach Courtney LuDois said. "We got down early and we could have easily given up and dropped their heads, but they battled to the very end. I couldn't ask for more." (NWHerald 2/14/13)

Lady Rockets defeat Marengo in a thriller

By Todd Rohde~CORRESPONDENT

The Richmond-Burton girls’ basketball team entered their contest with Marengo Feb. 1 pretty evenly matched, setting the stage for a competitive showdown. And by the time that it was all said and done, the fans were treated to quite an exciting bout as the game came right down to the wire to determine a winner.

Fortunately for the Lady Rockets, they had enough left in their tanks to pull off a thrilling 60-58 Big Northern Conference victory in a high scoring game over the Indians in Richmond. The victory improved the Rockets 13-11 overall for the season and to 8-4 in league play for the year.

The Rockets and Indians matched each other’s performance to a tee in the first two quarters of play, as they switched baskets and the lead several times during the stretch. Both programs put down 12 points in the first quarter and six apiece in the second to remain locked at 18-18 at halftime, as Jessica Villo and Sabrina Marsh accounted for all but four of the Indians scoring in the half.

A big change came in the second half though, as the Indians were able to pick up the intensity on offense and distance themselves from the Rockets a bit. They accomplished this by outscoring Richmond by a 17-10 margin in the third to overtake a 35-28 advantage with a quarter to play.

Villo and Amanda Hoeske each dished in five points in the quarter, while Marsh added four more to fuel the fire.

But don’t count the Rockets out just yet, as they saved their best for last by making a run of their own to make things interesting in the final quarter.

The Rockets came on strong to start the final quarter, as they pulled to within a point at 47-46 with just under five minutes to play.

After a back and forth battle, Richmond finally overtook the lead with under a minute to play and would never surrender it the rest of the way out.

Richmond outscored the Indians 7-3 in the final minute and a half, as Sam Boettjer converted a pair of free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

Alex Callahan led the Rockets with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Boettjer reached for a double-double with 17 points and 13 boards to go along with three steals.

Hannah Koenig finished with 10 points and Abby Straight dished off nine assists, as five different Rockets scored five or more points in the game. Villo and Marsh each scored 17 apiece for Marengo including going 8-14 from the foul line. (Richmond/Spring Grove Report 3/9/13)

RB rolls past GK~

WOODSTOCK – Richmond-Burton utilized a constant full-court press and breezed past Genoa-Kingston, 51-18, in a girls basketball playoff opener at the Class 3A Woodstock Regional.

“We love pressuring other teams because we get so energized off it and that gets us going in the game,” said R-B senior guard Alex Callanan, who poured in 11 points in the Lady Rockets’ winning effort.

Senior forward Danielle Engel, junior guard Brea Foley and forward Andrea Strohmaier each had four points for the Cogs.

“I hope that the juniors and sophomores step up to the plate, and that they have a good season next year,” Engel said. (NWHerald 2/12/13)

Woodstock Regional:  

              Monday's game RB 51, GK 18

              Wednesday's semifinals: No 2 Marian Central vs No. 3 RB, 7:30 p.m

              Friday's championship: Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m

RB 37, Wauconda 33~@ Wauconda, Hannah Koenig scored 11 points, & Sam Boettjer added 10 in a nonconference win for the Rockets (15-11)  NWHerald 2/11/13

All girls basketball games postponed, canceled

The four area girls basketball games scheduled for Thursday (2/7/13) night were either postponed or canceled.

IMSA at Hampshire will not be made up. Genoa-Kingston at Harvard has been moved to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Marian Central at Wheaton Academy was moved to Friday. Richmond-Burton at Wauconda will be played at 3:45 Saturday. (NWHerald 2/8/13)

RB 58, Woodstock 45~@ Woodstock, Sam Boettjer scored 20 points on eight baskets, and Alex Callanan added 13 points to push RB 914-11) to a nonconference win. (NWHerald 2/6/13) 

Lady Rockets defeat Marengo in a thriller


By Todd Rohde~CORRESPONDENT

The Richmond-Burton girls’ basketball team entered their contest with Marengo Feb. 1 pretty evenly matched, setting the stage for a competitive showdown. And by the time that it was all said and done, the fans were treated to quite an exciting bout as the game came right down to the wire to determine a winner.

Fortunately for the Lady Rockets, they had enough left in their tanks to pull off a thrilling 60-58 Big Northern Conference victory in a high scoring game over the Indians in Richmond. The victory improved the Rockets 13-11 overall for the season and to 8-4 in league play for the year.

The Rockets and Indians matched each other’s performance to a tee in the first two quarters of play, as they switched baskets and the lead several times during the stretch. Both programs put down 12 points in the first quarter and six apiece in the second to remain locked at 18-18 at halftime, as Jessica Villo and Sabrina Marsh accounted for all but four of the Indians scoring in the half.

A big change came in the second half though, as the Indians were able to pick up the intensity on offense and distance themselves from the Rockets a bit. They accomplished this by outscoring Richmond by a 17-10 margin in the third to overtake a 35-28 advantage with a quarter to play.

Villo and Amanda Hoeske each dished in five points in the quarter, while Marsh added four more to fuel the fire.

But don’t count the Rockets out just yet, as they saved their best for last by making a run of their own to make things interesting in the final quarter.

The Rockets came on strong to start the final quarter, as they pulled to within a point at 47-46 with just under five minutes to play.

After a back and forth battle, Richmond finally overtook the lead with under a minute to play and would never surrender it the rest of the way out.

Richmond outscored the Indians 7-3 in the final minute and a half, as Sam Boettjer converted a pair of free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

Alex Callahan led the Rockets with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Boettjer reached for a double-double with 17 points and 13 boards to go along with three steals.

Hannah Koenig finished with 10 points and Abby Straight dished off nine assists, as five different Rockets scored five or more points in the game. Villo and Marsh each scored 17 apiece for Marengo including going 8-14 from the foul line. (The Report 2/7/13)

Rockets' late surge holds off Indians

"I was just so proud of their composure down the stretch". Courtney LuDois (RB girls basketball coach).  

by Meghan Montemurro mmontemurro@shawmedia.com

RB 60, Marengo 58~RICHMOND – Richmond-Burton girls basketball coach Courtney LuDois was concerned about Marengo's ability to get to the hoop.

Despite addressing the Rockets' porous defense during every timeout and especially during halftime, they struggled to stop Marengo forward Jessica Villie and guard Sabrina Marsh from getting to the hoop.

Thankfully for R-B, its offense also had no trouble scoring and after trading baskets with the Indians most of the game, the Rockets outscored the Indians 7-3 in the final 1:30 to pull out a 60-58 Big Northern Conference East Division win. Marengo's only points during R-B's run came on Kristina Williams' 3-pointer with only 0.6 seconds remaining.

"I was just so proud of their composure down the stretch," LuDois said. "We got down six [with 6:10 left in the fourth] and we didn't panic. We finally strung some stops together and I was just so proud of how they finished."

Senior guard Alex Callanan, in her final home game, took over in the beginning of the fourth to bring R-B (13-11, 8-4 BNC East) back in the game. Callanan (team-high 18 points) knocked down a turnaround jumper in the lane and hit a three on the Rockets' next possession which shaved the Indians' six-point lead to one as they trailed 47-46 with 4:50 left.

"I came into the game wanting to win, especially since it's our senior night," Callanan said. "I have a tough time getting going, but once I get going I have that adrenaline. I wanted to win so badly and I think that just took over and my shots were going in."

Villie did her best to stave off the Rockets' comeback, scoring six of her game-high 26 points in the fourth including two free throws that gave the Indians a three-point cushion midway through the quarter. But the Rockets' offense stayed in sync and helped them take the lead for good with only 31 seconds remaining on senior guard Samantha Boettjer's layup off a Marengo turnover.

R-B did not allow Marengo (8-18, 5-8) to score in the last 1:52 of the fourth until Williams' 3-pointer. Boettjer's two free throws with virtually no time left on the clock locked up the win for the Rockets. Boettjer finished with 17 points, one of five R-B players to score at least seven points.

"Our one-on-one defense had to improve," LuDois said. "[Villie] and [Marsh] were driving past us every single time and we kind of did better in the second half. That's one thing we work on every single day is one-on-one defense and they did it down the stretch."

Marengo's plan was to attack the basket from the start led by Marsh (12 points). That aggressiveness helped the Indians outscore R-B by nine points in the second and third quarters. Villie's domination on the offensive glass gave Marengo plenty of second chances. In crunch time, though, the Indians missed free throws and open looks proved the difference maker.

"When we did press, we didn't have good recognition," Marengo coach Nick Rode said. "If we're not going to get a steal, drop back, don't give up layups. I think a little bit of fatigue and maybe just some mental fatigue at the end and not recognizing as plays developed."(NWHerald 2/2/13)

Game to Watch: Marengo @ RB 7 p.m Friday (2/1)

Marengo, led by Jessica Villie, looks to avenge a December loss to the Rockets as both teams try to move up in the BNC East Division standings with the regular season nearing its end.  (NWHerald 1/31/13)

@ Richmond, BC sank the Rockets (11-11 overall, 6-3 BNC East Division) by connecting on 11 3-pointers.  The Rockets were led by Hannah Koenig, who scored 12 points while Alex Callanan and Samantha Tasker each added four. BC 56, RB 34 (NWHerald 1/31/13)

B-C proves to be too much for the Lady Rockets

By Todd Rohde~CORRESPONDENT

The Richmond-Burton girls’ basketball team has been playing pretty solid ball of late, but they finally ran into their match Jan. 26.

That when they were squared up against a fierce and competitive Burlington Central team who gave them some troubles on both sides of the ball in handing them a defeat.

The Lady Rockets gave it all that they had and left it all out on the court, but in the end it wasn’t meant to be as they were still handed a 56-34 Big Northern Conference crossover defeat at the hands of B-C in Richmond. The loss dropped the Rockets to the .500 mark at 11-11 overall on the season and to 6-3 in league play for the year.

Despite being on the road and having to make the journey to R-B to play, B-C came out of the gates on fire especially offensively. They couldn’t be stopped as they pretty much knocked down everything they put up in going on to outscore the Rockets 22-9 in the first quarter of play.

Richmond’s Hannah Koenig scored five of the Rockets nine points during the stretch, but they just didn’t have an answer for B-C’s Shelby Holt. The talented young guard could do no wrong, as she was a one-person wrecking crew in the first eight minutes by scoring 16 of the team’s 22 points including hitting an incredible six three pointers.

As hot as B-C was in the first quarter of play, they quieted down considerably in the second quarter as the Rockets were able to trim the deficit a little bit to 29-19 at the half. Koenig continued to fuel the Rockets by scoring six more points in the quarter including going 4-6 from the charity stripe.

Unfortunately though, B-C found their rhythm once again in the third quarter as they tripled the Rockets production to up their lead quite big. They outscored Richmond 18-6 during the run to build the deficit to 47-25 with a quarter to play, as B-C knocked down another four treys from behind the arc.

B-C would cruise on for the easy victory, as they hit more three pointers (11) in the game than they did field goals (9). Holt and Ross combined for 37 of their points in the contest including eight shots from long range. The Rockets limited attack was sparked by Koenig with 12 points and Alex Callahan with seven rebounds, four points and three assists.

North Boone handles Richmond

Unfortunately for the Rockets, they stumbled upon the same problem a couple days earlier as well when they were squared up against North Boone. And the result was the same also, as the Rockets suffered a 52-43 BNC loss at the hands of the Vikings in Richmond.

It was a pretty competitive first half, as the Vikings jumped out to an 18-12 lead through the first quarter of play as they had six different players score during the stretch. Not to be outdone though, the Rockets were able to slice the deficit to 25-23 at the break setting the stage for a competitive second half.

The see-saw battle would continue as the Rockets tried to keep things close and within striking distance. Richmond trailed 38-35 with eight minutes to play in the contest, as they were determined not to give in without a fight.

Despite making all six of their foul shots in the final quarter, the Rockets were held to a mere field goal. This allowed the Vikings to run away and seal the victory by going onto outscore Richmond 14-8 at the end when it counted most.

The Rockets were paced by Koenig with a double-double that included 12 points and 10 rebounds, as Boettjer also added 10 points and had three assists as Callahan snagged nine boards to go along with eight points. Paityn Morris and Renee Martin led the Viking by combing for 31 points. (The Richmond~Spring Grove~Johnsburg Report 1/31/13)

RB 51, GK 23 @ Richmond, Alex Callanan scored nine points & Sam Boettjer added 12 points to go with seven rebounds in the BNC East Division win for the Rockets (12-11, 7-4) (NWHerald 1/30/13)

N. Boone 52, RB 43:  @ Richmond, Hannah Koenig had 12 points & 10 rebounds for RB (11-10, 6-3), & Sam Boettjer added 12 points in a BNC East loss.  (NWHerald 1/25/13)  

@ Lake Villa, Alex Callanan scored a team-high 14 points on a trio of 3-pointers & pulled down nine boards, but the Rockets (11-9) took the nonconference loss.  (NWHerald 1/23/13)

 

Lady Rockets get the best of the Cogs

By Todd Rohde~CORRESPONDENT

 

 It may have been their only performance of the week, but the Richmond-Burton girls’ basketball team made sure to make the most out of their efforts. The Lady Rockets did so by coming out with some intensity, playing up to their abilities and getting the job done by coming away with a victory.

 

By the time that the horn had sounded, it was the Rockets that were rewarded for their efforts by pulling away for the 53-42 Big Northern Conference victory over the Cogs Jan. 4 in Genoa-Kingston. The victory improved the Rockets to 9-7 overall for the season, while it keeps them in contention within league play at 4-1 on the year.

 

The Lady Rockets played pretty consistently on both sides of the ball throughout the contest, but it was the second quarter in particular that proved go be the difference in the game. That’s when Richmond was able to feed off of their own momentum and take control of the contest by distancing themselves from the Cogs.

 

The two teams battled it out in a competitive first quarter of play, as the Cogs were able to cling to a slim 15-13 advantage through the first eight minutes of play. Five different players reached for points during the stretch, while the Rockets were sparked by six points from Alex Callahan and another five points by Abby Straight, including a three pointer.

 

Then came the deciding second quarter, where the Rockets stepped it up and took control of the game’s rhythm. Richmond’s pressure on defense forced the Cogs into several turnovers, while at the same time limited the good looks that G-K got at the hoop.

 

After holding the Cogs to just a mere six points in the quarter, Richmond rallied to score a hefty 17 points of their own during the same stretch to take a 30-21 advantage into the locker room with them at the half. Sam Boettjer and Sarah Sawanson each reached for four points apiece in the quarter, as the Rockets made good on five of their eight shots from the free throw line.

 

The Cogs regrouped and played better to start the second half as they were able to hold their own offensively, but the Rockets were determined not to let them back into the game without a fight. Richmond held an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter of play, where they continued to pour it on and pull away for the win.

 

The Rockets continued to make the most of their shots from the charity stripe, where they converted six of their seven attempts in the fourth. Straight was a perfect 4-4 from the line, while Boettjer added another five points.

 

Straight finished with a great all-around effort on the night, where she had a game high 16 points to go along with five steals and four assists. The Rockets also received a pair of double-doubles from Callahan and Boettjer, as they both contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds in the game. (Richmond~Spring Grove~Johnsburg Report 1/12/12)

RB 65, Harvard 38: @ Harvard, three Rockets scored in double figures in their BNC East Divison win.  Sam Boettjer led R-B (11-8, 6-2) with 17 points, Abby Straight had 16 & Alex Callanan added 13.  (NWHerald 1/18/13)

RB 49, Rockford Christian 34: @ Richmond, Alex Callanan had 12 points for the Rockets in a BNC East Division win.  Also for RB (10-8, 5-2 BNC East), Hannah Koenig had 16 rebounds and Sam Boettjer pulled down 15.  (NWHerald 1/12/13)

@ Marengo, Alex Callanan (16) & Hannah Koenig (11) led the Rockets (9-8, 4-2) Marengo 49, RB 43 (NWHerald 1/9/13)

Miscues foil RB in 2nd half

by Meghan Montemurro mmontemurro@shawmedia.com

BC 52, RB 30~BURLINGTON – Approaching a two-week holiday break, the Richmond-Burton girls basketball team still is searching for a complete performance.

 

R-B started strong against Burlington Central, the favorite to win the Big Northern Conference East Division title. Abby Straight knocked down three free throws after getting fouled attempting a 3-pointer seven seconds before halftime to pull R-B within four points of Central.

But defensive breakdowns foiled R-B early in the second half. Central opened the third on a 6-0 run and made four 3-pointers in the quarter to help them cruise to a 52-30 BNC East win over R-B.

“The talk at halftime was to come out as strong as we did in the first and second quarters because in previous games we hadn’t come out strong,” senior guard Alex Callanan said. “We needed to come out strong in order to stay with them, and obviously in this game it didn’t really work out.”

R-B’s 2-3 matchup zone helped contain Central’s talented forwards, limiting freshman Samantha Pryor and sophomore Alison Colby to eight combined points in the first half. However, Central (11-2, 4-0 BNC East) capitalized on its chances on the perimeter. Two players made three 3-pointers each and the team finished with seven.

Central’s uncontested 3s – three in the final 1:40 of the third quarter – doomed R-B, which trailed by 15 heading into the fourth.

“The thing that’s frustrating is that they were wide-open 3s,” R-B coach Courtney LuDois said. “All the credit to Burlington Central, they executed their game plan, that’s for sure. We left them wide open, and it was players that we knew were shooters that were left wide open.”

R-B (6-7, 3-1) had its opportunities to take advantage of a solid defensive effort in the first half. Collectively, R-B struggled to convert open shots in the paint, which easily could have given it an early lead. R-B has struggled to put together a quality, 32-minute game. Although turnovers weren’t an issue, finishing with only 12 while forcing 17 from Central, failing to build on momentum frustrated R-B.

R-B closed the second on a 7-2 run but was held scoreless out of the break until senior forward Andrea Fox’s layup with 5:57 left in the third. Fox finished with a team-high 10 points while Callanan and Straight scored six points apiece.

“I think with our team, when we get down, it takes a little bit more for us to get back up,” Fox said. “But when we start getting back up, we can get on a roll, and that didn’t really happen tonight.” (NWHerald 12/19/12)

Northern Illinois Holiday Classic:


Woodstock North reaches championship bracket~RB 3rd

by Joe Stevenson

jstevenson@shawmedia.com

RICHMOND – Woodstock North’s girls basketball players were no drama queens Saturday.

The Thunder opened fast against Marian Central and Richmond-Burton, combining for 70 points in the first half of two Northern Illinois Holiday Classic games. In each case, North had matters under control by halftime.

“When we come out with fire and intensity, we get fast-break baskets and that sets the mood for the rest of the game,” Thunder forward Sami Ahr said.

North scored 39 points in the first half on its way to a 55-39 win against Marian at R-B’s Lou Ramirez Gymnasium. The Thunder then scored 31 points in the first half against R-B and won, 54-46, after leading by double digits most of the second half.

North (9-5 overall, 3-0 Pool D) advances to the championship bracket at McHenry and will face unbeaten Grayslake North at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the second semifinal.

Ahr hit her first five shots and was 7 of 9 in the first quarter against Marian (8-3, 2-1 and second in Pool D). She finished with 16 points in the game and scored 22 points against R-B, which both were game-high totals.

Point guard Aleecia Braun scored 10 of her 14 points to get the Thunder off to a fast start in the second game.

“Our (2-2-1 zone) defense is really explosive and a lot of teams have a hard time with it,” Braun said. “We took each game as it came to get to this spot and we feel pretty good.”

Marian was second in Pool D and R-B (6-6, 1-2) was third. The Rockets led, 14-12, late in the first quarter, but North took off in the second quarter and led, 31-22, at halftime.

“This morning (against Marian) we had energy throughout,” Thunder coach Mike Lewis said. “Playing as fast as I ask them to do, it’s hard to play two games in one day. It was good to see us come out fast this game.”

North gets a shot at Grayslake North, which beat the Thunder, 53-38, in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game Dec. 4.

“At times we’re doing some good things,” Lewis said. “We’re coming together. When we get our bench players playing their roles, we’re pretty good.”

Andrea Fox led R-B with 14 points, while Sam Boettjer added 12 and Alex Callanan had 11.

“Woodstock North is a really smart team,” Rockets coach Courtney LuDois said. “They don’t really have any big size advantage, but they’re very smart players. I felt like we only played two quarters today. One of these days, we’ll put a full game together.”

Marian defeated R-B on Friday, so it moves on to the second-place pool and plays Wauconda at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Woodstock. (NWHerald 12/16/12)

 

Wuensch works on inside, leads Hurricanes past RB

By Patrick Mason pmason@shawmedia.com

RICHMOND — Watching Marian Central's Shannon Wuensch shoot a basketball is like watching a how-to instructional video. So it's no surprise that the senior is the Hurricanes' top outside shooter.

But on Friday night against Richmond-Burton (5-5), she was asked to step out of her comfort zone to exploit the Rockets inside.

"Shannon is a really great outside shooter," Hurricanes coach Jackie Budmayr said after her team's 52-42 win over Richmond-Burton in the first round of the Northern Illinois Girls Holiday Classic at Richmond-Burton High School. "But tonight we had her play inside a lot to take advantage of what R-B was showing and with her skill, she opened up the floor a lot for us tonight."

Wuensch was the backbone of the Hurricanes' (7-2) offense. The 5-foot-10 forward scored a game-high 19 points behind a mixture of quick, powerful drives to the basket which complimented her mid-range game. Countless times she faked a drive to the basket, stopped, then hung in the air for a brief second before connecting on her many jumpers.

When she would drive the lane she would twist her body to avoid contact which led to seemingly easy baskets. She only got to the line twice and converted one of two foul shots.

"I've always enjoyed driving the the basket," Wuensch said. "I like to think of it as a puzzle, you search around to mix-and-match pieces — good times to drive — and eventually the pieces fit together. It's something different than shooting longer shots."

The Rockets started the second half with more energy than they had all game. The players were swarming the ball and forced six turnovers in the first four minutes. The Rockets were also converting on the offensive end and went on a 6-0 run.

Their offense consisted of moving the ball around the top before passing inside to one of many capable scorers in center Samantha Boettjer, Andrea Fox and Abby Straight who scored 12, 11 and 11 respectively.

"In the second half I just kind of let them loose," R-B head coach Courtney LuDois said. "They came out really aggressive so I just let them play. Defensively they ran some traps and really pressured the ball all on their own. They played really aware tonight." (NWHerald 12/15/12)

Lady Rockets land a pair of victories

By Todd Rohde~CORRESPONDENT

It was a quality week of play for the Richmond-Burton girls’ basketball team, as they made the most of their time out on the court by being productive and successful. The Lady Rockets did so by playing up to their potentials and coming away with a pair of victories to continue to make progress forward this season.

The Rockets were clicking on all cylinders Dec. 8 and it showed, as they pretty much embarrassed their opponent in Harvard by more than tripling their output on the court. Richmond (5-4, 3-0) scored early and often in the contest to easily hand the Hornets a 66-20 defeat in Big Northern Conference play.

The Rockets remain perfect in league play for the season and have won their third straight game, as they proved to the Hornets first hand while they are so effective. Despite being a blowout in the end, the first half was actually pretty close and competitive as both teams challenged one another.

Richmond led by just a slim 9-7 difference through the first quarter of play, thanks to Alex Callahan and Andrea Fox combining for all of the points during the stretch. The Rockets would give themselves a little breathing room by doubling up the Hornets by a 10-5 margin in the second quarter to take a 19-12 lead into the locker room at the half, as Fox dished in six more points.

Whatever was holding the Rockets up a little bit in the first half, quickly corrected itself in the second set of quarters as Richmond come out on fire and didn’t let up. The picked up the intensity on defense to force some turnovers, and then fed off of their own momentum by turning the miscues into easy points on the other side.

In fact, the Rockets literally dominated the second half in all facets of the game as they held back nothing. They had seven different players reach for points in the third quarter, as they went on to outscore the Hornets by a hefty 26-3 margin over the eight-minute stretch to go up 45-15.

Callahan racked up eight points in the quarter including a pair of three pointers, as Fox had six and Sam Boettjer and Hoenig each added four apiece. The Rockets continued to pour it on in the final quarter as well, where Swanson came up with seven points, Jasmine Kaeseberg put down six and Jessica Guenther four off of the bench.

Earlier in the week, the Rockets posted a 62-54 BNC win over the Vikings Dec. 6th on their home court in North Boone. Once again, what didn’t start off the best for the Rockets turned out to be good in the end.

After falling behind by a 17-10 margin through the first quarter of play, the Rockets redeemed themselves and got back into it by going on to outscore the Vikings by a 15-2 margin in the second quarter to take a 25-19 at the half.

Once again, the Rockets saved their best for last as they scored 25 points in the final quarter. They did their most damage from the charity stripe, where they finished the night going 30-46 including going 19-23 in the final eight minutes.

The Rockets were led by Boettjer with 18 points and three of both steals and assists, as Callahan finished with 17 points, 11 boards and five assists. Fox also had a big game by scoring 15 points and grabbing 21 rebounds, as Koenig scored 10 points and had seven boards. (The Report 12/15/12)

Fox, Callanna lead R-B pas Harvard

Harvard: RB's Andrea Fox & Alex Callanan had themselves a great game in helping push the Rockets' Girls basketball team over .500.  Fox scored 16 & Callanan added 15 in the Rockets' 66-20 BNC East Division victory over Harvard.  Fox also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.  The Rockets (5-4 overall, 3-0 BNC East) made 27 shots from the floor.  (NWHerald 12/9/12)  

RB girls drain FTs in 4th, top N. Boone

POPLAR GROVE – It came down to free throws for the Richmond-Burton girls basketball team in its Big Northern Conference East Division game against North Boone on Friday.

 

The Rockets went 19 of 22 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to pull out a 62-54 win.

Sam Boettjer was 7 of 8, and Fox was 8 of 10 from the line in the fourth quarter for the Rockets (4-4 overall, 2-0 BNC East).

For the game, R-B attempted 46 free throws, making 30.

Andrea Fox scored 15 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Boettjer scored 18 and had three steals, and Alex Callanan scored 17 with 11 rebounds. (NWHerald 12/8/12)


@ Byron, Alex Callanan scored a team-high 13 points, and Sam Boettjer added 10, but the Rockets (2-4) couldn't stop Byron's Mayson Whipple (19 points) in the nonconference loss.  Byron 70, RB 46 (NWHerald 11/29/12)

Richmond:   Rockets excel at scoring down low in loss.  

By Patrick Mason

pmason@shawmedia.com

The game itself was exciting as there were 12 lead changes and five ties throughout. The Rockets’ game plan consisted of lots of inside scoring and they dominated underneath the basket all night long, almost scoring at will at times with great passes from the guards to their post players.

The Rockets scored an impressive 29 of their 39 points on shots coming from underneath the basket. Six-foot senior Andrea Fox scored 10 points in the paint on 5-of-11 shooting while Samantha Boettjer added eight in the paint.

“This was our best game shot wise,” R-B coach Courtney LuDois said. “We run a lot of screen to open up the post game and we are always looking to work it inside at any given moment. It is our strong suit for sure.”

While the low-scoring options performed well for the Rockets, LuDois wasn’t as pleased with the rebounding and turnovers throughout the game.

“I told my girls after the game that one play does not define a game,” LuDois said. “All of the rebounds that we missed and the turnovers kind of poisoned us down the stretch.” (NWHerald 11/28/12)  

See complete article @ http://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2012/11/28/r_7awz2pvcqe2nx9gxezsg/index.xml

Marian Central Tournament: 

RB defeated Wauconda, 55-30, to finish 2-1 & in second place.  Alex Callahan sank three 3-pointers & led all scorers with 25 pionts for the Rockets.  

Callahan, Baumert & RB's Andrea Fox were selected to the all-tournament team.  (NWHerald 11/21/12)

@ Woodstock, Shannon Wuensch tallied 20 points to lead Marian Central (2-0) to a 60-47 win over RB.  

Sam Boettjer led RB (1-2) with 13 points in the loss.  (NWHerald 11/17/12)  

R-B hires Weibel as new hoops coach

By ROSS JACOBSON - rjacobson@shawmedia.com

Courtney Weibel never has had to look far for an answer to any basketball question she’s had as a player.

The former Marquette University basketball star was coached for four years by her father, Randy, at Hononegah, where she set the national record for career three-pointers made with 471.

Now Weibel will be able to use that same resource in her new capacity as a coach. Weibel, who graduated from Marquette in May, was named Richmond-Burton’s new girls varsity basketball head coach. She also will be a full-time mathematics teacher at the high school. (NWHerald 6/22/12)

See below link for rest of article: 

http://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2012/06/21/r_eyaoopoutgy18vgceu5big/index.xml


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