“It was tough out there. It was definitely a physical game,” Rockets head coach Tony Fenton said. “Every time we shot the ball, there was contact being made and not many fouls being called. Fortunately, the girls played through it.”
Nobody found out how tough it was going to be early on then EBF’s top scorer, Tasha Alexander. While the senior added 21 more points to her career 1,000-point total, Alexander had to take a seat in the second quarter after being caught around the eye by the hand of a Centerville defender.
“Someone grabbed my eye and it took my contact back into my eye,” Alexander explained. “I just couldn’t see when that happened. I had to go the bench and get my contact taken all the way out.”
The Rockets frustrated Centerville for 32 full minutes with a tenacious and aggressive half-court offense and defense on Friday. The results led to an early 16-4 lead for EBF, a 28-12 lead at the half and a 20 to 30-point advantage throughout much of the second half.
“I think you could sense that (Centerville) was getting frustrated, but we love it,” Taylor said after a 12-point, nine-rebound effort against the Redettes. “It’s just fun to see our style of play get into their heads. Being aggressive is always fun.”
Alyssa Barger and Maddie Lange each led Centerville with six points in the contest. While EBF played tough, tight defense all night, the Redettes’ young squad again had trouble getting into any kind of offensive synch.
“We kind of expected this coming into the season. We would have liked to have gotten a couple wins on the board by this point. We’ve been close and the kids are definitely giving it their all,” Kovacevich said. “Our kids play tough for four quarters. They don’t give up. You can’t fault their effort.”