STILLMAN VALLEY — Lady Hub freshmen Zoey Tabor and Sylvia Hasz enjoyed arguably their best performances of the season when the Rochelle varsity girls basketball team battled Stillman Valley on the road Tuesday evening.
Despite falling behind 14-6 after the first quarter, the Lady Hubs stifled Stillman Valley’s offense during the second half, holding the Cardinals to only eight points and winning 48-37 to snap their two-game losing streak and improve to 4-7 overall. Hasz recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Tabor scored seven points (including her first 3-pointer) and added seven rebounds during the game.
“It was really nice and I felt like I was finally able to come through,” Hasz said. “I was being more aggressive than usual and I think we worked together much better. We came back from the second quarter wanting to win the game… I’m not the loudest player but coach [Tony] Rowan said that I lead by example, so that’s how I would describe my role on the team.”
Stillman Valley edged Rochelle 15-14 in the second quarter to enter the locker room up 29-20 at halftime. But every ounce of momentum swung toward the Lady Hubs in the third quarter, as Rochelle’s young players helped hold the Cardinals to only two points. The Lady Hubs outscored Stillman Valley 19-2 in the third quarter to take a 39-31 lead.
“We were playing much better as a team and it feels really good,” Tabor said. “A lot of us freshmen have been playing together for a long time… It’s much harder now but it’s important for us to get experience on the varsity team so we can get used to the pace… I feel like I get to lead the team when I’m playing point guard, and I think I’ve learned a lot from the older girls.”
Both teams locked down on defense in the fourth quarter, with the Lady Hubs outscoring Stillman Valley 9-6 to seal their victory. Senior Abby Lundquist led Rochelle with 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals, while senior Makenna Ferrari added five points and sophomore Afi Gati recorded five rebounds and three steals. Rochelle’s young group will continue conference play against Sycamore on Friday.