ROCHELLE — The Rochelle varsity girls basketball team honored its senior class on Saturday before tipping off nonconference play against Rock Falls. This year’s seniors include Abby Lundquist, Emilee Dueringer, Makenna Ferrari, Grace Garcia and Cheyene Watson.
Rock Falls fought hard to contain the Rochelle offense, holding the Lady Hubs to only three points in the first quarter and maintaining a 20-10 advantage over Rochelle by halftime. Rock Falls broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Hubs 22-10 and going on to defeat Rochelle 57-27 to drop the Lady Hubs to 2-5 overall.
Rochelle will face Indian Creek on the road Tuesday evening. Despite the loss against Rock Falls, in which Rochelle committed 22 turnovers, Lady Hubs head coach Tony Rowan has been encouraged with the way his young players have worked through the early portion of the season.
“Our defense has been extremely sound and I’ve been really pleased with the communication, the effort and the intensity on the defensive end,” Rowan said. “We knew we were going to struggle offensively so we just had to take our knocks early in the season. We’re trying to find that second scorer and right now, Sylvia [Hasz] has been doing a great job in the post.”
Lundquist led the Lady Hubs with 14 points on Saturday, while the freshman Hasz scored three points and added five rebounds. Freshman Zoey Tabor contributed four points and three rebounds, with three players including Ferrari, sophomore Sofia Lenkaitis and freshman Lucy Bunger chipping in two points. Ferrari led Rochelle with seven rebounds.
“Zoey does a fantastic job for us at the point,” Rowan said. “She’s a freshman guard starting on varsity and I’m extremely happy with how hungry she is and she’s extremely coachable… Afi [Gati] is one of the best defenders I’ve ever seen. She’s able to defense post players and guards, and she’s also held two projected Division I players to under 10 points so far.”
Rochelle’s sophomore girls basketball team lost 33-27 against Rock Falls on Saturday behind 12 points by freshman Josie Lundquist. The sophomores are now 3-3 overall. Both the sophomore and varsity teams will be in action against Indian Creek on Tuesday.
“We just need to keep on gaining confidence,” Rowan said. “Offensively that means being able to drive to the basket aggressively… Defensively we’re rotating well in the backcourt and we’re rebounding the ball better in each game. We need to start catching some offensive rhythm soon.”