YOUNGSTOWN, OH– The Lady Rockets of Maplewood led from start to finish to beat the Chaney Cowgirls tonight 45-29. The Cowgirls were plagued by turnovers and poor free-throw shooting early to dig a hole they could not dig out of.
In the first quarter, the Lady Rockets dominated and cruised to an early 14-2 lead. The Lady Rockets were led by Baylie Starcher, Emily Kholmorgan and Marissa Ventura all with 4 points in the first quarter with Maddie Murray adding another two. Cazhia Jackson had the only two for the Cowgirls in the 1st quarter on a pair of free throws.
The Lady Rockets outscored the Cowgirls 12 to 8 to finish the half. The Cowgirls got a little more momentum as Jackson hit a 3 so did Terris May and 2 free throws by 6ft 5in Freshman Makayla Beckett to bring the total for the half for the Cowgirls to 10 first-half points. Ventura really heated up for the Lady Rockets in the 2nd quarter with two quick 3 pointers to open the quarter and a layup for 2 later in the quarter to half 12 points by herself by half. Abbey Nay had a two-point bucket and 2 free throws for the other 2 points in the second quarter to bring the halftime score up to 26-14 in favor of the Lady Rockets.
The 3rd quarter was back in forth as the Lady Rockets only outscored the Cowgirls 11-9 in the quarter. Murray had two 3 pointers and Ventura had another 3 as Hannah Gaylog added another 2 to cap the scoring in the 3rd quarter for the Lady Rockets. Jackson had a 3 point field goal and a free throw for 4 points in the quarter Jaylyn Day got her only 2 points of the night in the quarter Antanasia Crockett, had a two-point bucket and free throw to have a 3 point quarter. The Score after three was the Lady Rockets 37 the Cowgirls 19.
The 4th quarter was the best one for the Cowgirls as they outscored the Lady Rockets 10-8 in the quarter led by Beckett’s 4 points on two turnaround shots in the lane. May added a 2 point bucket so did Ja’Tavia Jackson who got her first and only two points of the night. Crockett added another 2 free throws to cap the scoring for the Cowgirls for the night. Kholmorgan who had not scored since the 1st added a 3 in the 4th Murray had a 2 point layup. Ventura added a free throw and Gaylog had another 2 point bucket to cap the scoring for the Lady Rockets. To make the final score 45 to 29 in favor of the Lady Rockets.
Ventura led the lady Rockets with 15 points on the night while Cazhia Jackson led the Cowgirls with 9 points. The Cowgirls (0-2) take on Struthers next Monday at home. Join John Bolino for all the action on YSN.
*Story contributed by YSN’s John Bolino