DIXON — Playing three games in a 24-hour window isn’t easy, and the Lady Hubs found that out when Rochelle continued the KSB Dixon Holiday Classic against Rockford East on Friday.
The Lady Hubs didn’t have the same burst as they had to open the tournament Thursday afternoon, and some weary legs resulted in Rochelle shooting only 19 percent from the field in the team’s 51-26 loss to the E-Rabs on Friday. Junior Bella Lodico led the Lady Hubs with nine points in the game, while Lucy Bunger added six points.
“We looked tired and we played tired,” head coach Tony Rowan said. “We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and if our shots aren’t falling, we’re going to be in trouble. Our turnovers were down, and we took better care of our unforced errors. We gave ourselves 56 shots in the game, which is a good amount for us, but we have to make them.”
Rochelle converted only five field goals in the first half, falling behind 24-10 after two quarters before Rockford East freshman Zakira Williams dominated the third quarter. Williams attacked the basket and made shots in the mid-range area, helping the E-Rabs spark a 23-5 run that sealed the Rockford East victory.
Although the win was out of reach in the fourth quarter, Rochelle received a scoring boost from Lodico to close out the game. The junior made two close-range baskets and a free throw, and her transition dribbling pushed the pace and allowed for Lady Hub players to score easy layups. Rochelle outscored Rockford East 11-4 in the fourth quarter.
“Bella’s letting the game come to her,” Rowan said. “When she’s aggressive, good things will happen for her. She worked on her shot a lot over the summer, and we’re hoping that she can start knocking down some of these outside shots so she can get in the mix more often.”