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January 31, 2014

Rockets regain SCC lead

EDDYVILLE — It wasn’t the prettiest girls basketball game in the world.

But the scoreboard at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont high school looked pretty good by the end of the night Friday if you were a Rockets fan. EBF earned a physical 55-22 South Central Conference win over Centerville, pushing the Rockets to 7-1 in the SCC.

And for junior Karlie Taylor, that meant a sweet sight to the bottom left of the south side of the EBF gymnasium. There sits the SCC Conference standings for girls and boys basketball as well as wrestling.

Before the night, it showed EBF in second place in the SCC behind Albia. By the end of the night, the Rockets had moved in front of the Lady Dees in the standings thanks to a 56-51 upset by Clarke earlier in the evening.

“I’ll let (EBF athletic director Curt) Johnston move those around next week, but it’ll definitely be great to see our names on top,” Taylor said.

As has been the case most of the season for the Rockets, a pressure-packed defensive attack kept an opposing offense from getting into a rhythm. Centerville started the game missing its first seven shots while committing nine turnovers in the opening quarter.

The tone was set. The Redettes struggled all night long committing 34 turnovers while making just seven field goals on five assists.

“It was a very aggressive game and once you get in those kind of games, Eddyville just thrives on that,” Centerville head coach Matt Kovacevich said. “It seemed sometimes like they had 10 girls out with the way they rotate defenses.”

The Redettes offensively struggles didn’t keep them from putting up a fight, however. Centerville made sure each basket EBF earned was equally as hard-earned, banging Rocket players back in the post while preventing an easy lane to the basket at all times.

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