S-D-A earned a season-opening split in girls’ basketball action last week as the Rockets topped Falls City on Friday, Dec. 2, and fell at home against Fort Calhoun on Saturday.
The Rockets will return to action for games at Johnson County Central on Thursday and at home against Raymond Central on Saturday. Games the following week are at Nebraska City, Dec. 13, and at Lincoln Lutheran on Dec. 16.

Rockets 46, Falls City 35
Three players hit for double figures as the Rockets topped the Tigers. Brooklyn Nordhues, who is coming off an injury from last season, hit for 16. Meredith Clark had 13. Payton Beckman added 11 points and also chipped in with six assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Jenna Siefken added four points and Jaysa Zoller had two.
Clark was the team leader in rebounds with seven.
“It was good to start the season with a win,” said Coach Royal. “We have lost our season opener the last two years and they have been games in which I feel we should have won.”
“The girls have put in a lot of work during the off season and it showed in their confidence and execution.
It was nice having 3 players in double digits, Payton Beckmann finished with 11 points and did a great job of handling the ball and being more of a
scoring threat,” said Royal.
“Brooklyn Nordhues did a good job of attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. Meredith Clark was a force inside and finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
It was a total team win and everyone contributed,” said Royal. “We need to clean up unforced errors and work to do a better job rebounding the ball.”

Fort Calhoun 52, Rockets 43
The Rockets had some highlights against visiting Fort Calhoun, but ended up on the short end of a nine-point decision.
Beckmann had 13 points to lead the way and also came through with four assists and six rebounds in the losing effort.
Other scorers were Clark, eight; Siefken, six; Zoller, six; Kayla Arnold, five; Nordhues, three; and Sarah Moss, two.
Clark led the team in rebounds with seven.
S-D-A shot 9-of-10 at the free throw line led by Clark’s 4-of-4. Arnold was 3-of-4 and Moss hit 2-of-2.
Confidence from the Falls City game seemed to carry over to the second night of the season for the Rocket squad.
“I was impressed by the way we came out with so much confidence,” said Royal. “I think the girls are really gelling as a team and trusting their skills and teammates.
“Fort Calhoun will be one of the top teams in our conference and knowing we can compete with teams of that caliber is going to motivate us.
Although the final margin was nine points, Coach Royal said the game was very competitive all the way through
“We actually had it within one with 40 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, but mistakes and miscues led to a seven point deficit to start the 4th quarter,” Royal said. “The girls continued to battle, but turnovers and giving up second chances wouldn't let us close the gap.
“Two things that really cost us, were closing out on their perimeter shooters  and rebounding. We gave up too many second chance opportunities,” said Royal.