The Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca girls’ basketball team lost to Wahoo 53-38 as turnovers played a key factor in this defeat on Friday, Jan. 5 at the Syracuse High School.
“The big thing that hurt us was turnovers,” head coach Andrew Pryor said after their loss.
S-D-A had 27 turnovers in this contest and Pryor said that the Rockets had too many empty possessions on the offensive side where they didn’t attempt any shots.
S-D-A was trailing 32-25 in the third quarter, but Wahoo was able to extend their lead to 15 and the Rockets could not catch up.
Pryor was happy with how his teamed handled Wahoo’s man to man defense and how the Rockets forced the Warriors to switch back to their original 1-3-1 defense.
“We executed our game plan of slowing the tempo and playing our 2-3 match up zone pretty decent,” coach Pryor said.
Sarah Moss lead the Rockets in scoring with nine points.  Other scorers for the Rockets were Payton Beckmann, eight; Meredith Clark, five; Grace Damme, four; Kayla Arnold, Sam Pester, and Brooklyn Nordhues, each had three; Lauren Meyer, two; and Emma Bjork, one.
Meyer lead the Rockets in rebounding with six and Moss was the steal leader with six.

Louisville 49 S-D-A 45
Down by 48-45, the Rockets had a chance to tie but came up short to the Lions on Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Syracuse High School.
After a slow start, the Rockets was able to get the lead in the fourth quarter, 41-39, but free throws by Louisville in the fourth quarter proved crucial.
“It came down to them shooting too many free throws,” coach Pryor said.  “They (Louisville) made one field goal in the fourth quarter but were 8-of-12 from the free throw line.”
Nordhues was the leading scorer for the Rockets as she scored 12 points.  Other noted scorers were; Clark, nine; Beckmann, eight; Pester four; Meyer, four; Jaysa Zoller, Moss, Arnold, and Damme scored two each.
“We just needed to be more ready to go early on, “ Pryor said.  “We were very close to winning it in the fourth.  The game really could have gone either way.”