FORRESTON — The Lady Hubs varsity basketball team struggled to move the ball around against Winnebago on Monday night, and the Rochelle girls couldn’t come back from an early deficit in a 56-48 loss to the Lady Indians in the fourth round of the Forreston Thanksgiving Tournament.
“Our passing was horrible tonight,” head coach Tony Rowan said. “They were playing a zone and we were just starring down our passes, so we just need to get back to the basics with our pass fakes and changing levels.”
Winnebago jumped on Rochelle early in the first quarter, but the Lady Hubs managed to cut down their deficit thanks to some quality post play from seniors Allysa Harding and Jacie Wyatt, who combined for 11 points and 10 rebounds in Monday’s game. The Lady Hubs trailed 32-22 at halftime behind 10 points from junior Abby Lundquist.
“We started reacting instead of thinking,” Rowan said. “We watched players go by us instead of anticipating where they were going. That first quarter wasn’t what we want to be… Hopefully we’ll take this loss to heart and come back Tuesday ready to bounce back.”
Rochelle sliced into Winnebago’s lead in the third quarter courtesy of senior Morgan Baker, who scored nine points and made four shots in the quarter including a corner 3-pointer to help the Lady Hubs trail by just seven, 42-35. Baker added six more points in the fourth quarter to end the game with 15.
“She did the same thing she was doing in the first half,” Rowan said. “She was finding the open areas, taking shots and looking to finish. It just takes our team a little while to get going.”
The Lady Hubs came within six points of Winnebago in the fourth quarter, with senior Cesca Vardman giving Rochelle a spark off the bench by notching two steals and a pair of layups. But the Lady Indians rallied behind senior Tiana Bielskis and junior Alyssa Thompson to push their lead back up to double digits. Lundquist finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Hubs. The loss drops Rochelle to 1-3 on the season.
“We need to make sure we’re focused on putting four quarters together instead of just playing in the second half,” Rowan said. “For some reason we like playing behind instead of playing ahead, and hopefully that doesn’t happen too much during the season.”