On Tuesday, the Lady Rockets Basketball team faced off against the Mulvane Wildcats at home. A battle of rivals would make for a great game regardless of the outcome. Jumping into the first quarter, points were scored by Lexie Rose, Aspen Goetz, Haley Thrush, and Taylor Raupe. Scoring 10 points in the first quarter, the Rockets score was double the size of their opponents. In the 2nd quarter, Thrush and Rose did it again by further boosting the score. However, the Lady Wildcats made numerous shots throughout the second quarter and flipped the lead as they took a 23-19 halftime lead over the Lady Rockets. After halftime, the girls were ready for takeoff in quarter 3. Hackney had a big quarter as she scored 9 points to lead the Rockets. Shots started falling for the Lady Rockets as they turned the game upside down once more by ending the third quarter with a 43-28 lead over the Lady Wildcats. In the final quarter, the Lady Rockets would continue to increase their lead and earn the victory by a final score of 58-38. Unfortunately, the girls will not be playing at Wellington on Friday as the Wellington girls team has been quarantined. The next action for the girls will be after winter break when they host Winfield on January 5th.
This Week In Rocket Varsity Sports
After being bumped from the first scheduled meet of the season due to number considerations related to the pandemic and then seeing the next meet canceled due to pool issues in El Dorado, the boys swimming team finally got their season underway on Tuesday when they traveled to the Hutchinson Invitational. The Rocket swimmers welcomed new head coach Christopher Kurt to the program with a 3rd place finish in the team points. The Rockets were led by several top finishes. Bringing home 2nd place finishes were Timothy Hoopes in the 100-yard backstroke and Drew Leck in the 100-yard breaststroke. Bryce Bischler brought home 3rd place in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke as did Zach Hoang in the 500-yard freestyle. The Rockets 200-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Hoang, Leck, Landon Rutledge, and Bischler also brought home a third-place finish. The next action for the Rocket swimmers will be at the Newton Invitational on January 7th.
The Rocket Boys basketball team hosted their rival, the Mulvane Wildcats, on Tuesday. Starting off in the first quarter for the Rockets were shots from left and right. Scoring for Rose Hill were starters Adriel Smith, Kobe Koehler, and Kellan Simoneau. Both teams ran up and down the court at a frantic pace dropping shots on both ends. At the end of the first quarter, the Rockets were up 19-18. As the 2nd quarter began, the pressure was starting to rise. Rose Hill scored with shots from Nolan, Smith, and Koehler, adding an additional 11 points to the score. Heading into halftime, the Rockets were up 30-28 over the Wildcats. After the break, the teams regrouped and jumped back onto the court. Smith and Nolan played crucial parts once more, along with Sophomore Kellan Kimoneau. The shots were back to back from both sides, leaving the Wildcats down by two points yet again by the end of the 3rd quarter. The intensity was up and tensions were high as the fourth and final quarter began. The Rockets worked hard to maintain their lead to earn a victory. Led by Adriel Smith, Xander Landrie, and Kobe Koehler, the Rockets put their all on the court, scoring multiple points for the Rockets. Despite Rose Hill’s tremendous effort to hold their lead, the Wildcats caught a hot stretch and took a lead with four minutes remaining that they would not relinquish. At the conclusion of the game, the Wildcats escaped with a 63-58 victory over the Rockets. The Rockets look now forward to their game at Wellington on Friday when they will attempt to go into winter break on a winning note.