S-D-A was 8-of-16 from the free throw line in a 42-39 loss at Milford  on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
“Our season free throw percentage is around 50 to 52 percent and that is not getting it done, especially as a team that doesn’t shoot a ton of free throws in the first place,” said Coach Andrew Pryor.
Brooklyn Nordhues had 14 points in this contest to lead all Rockets in scoring.  Other S-D-A scorers were Lauren Meyer, seven; Payton Beckmann, six; Sarah Moss, four; Sam Pester and Meredith Clark, four each; and Grace Damme, two.
Getting off to slow starts have been an issue for the Rockets this season. Three of the last five games, the Rockets have lost games by five points or less.
“We didn’t play smart and didn’t execute our game plan,” coach Pryor said.  “Defensively, our communication lacked.”
Milford’s best shooter was able to work her way around the Rockets’ defense and scored a game high 21 points.
“We did not play very tough physically or mentally,” said Pryor.

Arlington 47, S-D-A 44 (OT)
A solid second quarter by the Rockets had them leading by eight points over Arlington at halftime.
Unfortunately, S-D-A  let its lead slip away and lost in overtime, 47-44 on Saturday, Jan. 13, at home.
Clark lead all S-D-A scorers with 15 points.  Other scorers for the Rockets were; Pester, eight; Meyer, seven; Damme, six; Beckmann and Nordhues, three; Moss, two.
This is the third game in a row that the Rockets have lost by four points or less and Coach Pryor mentioned that his team has a hard time down the stretch and need to do a better job finishing games.
“As an entire group, it is evident that we struggle down the stretch in a tight games,” Pryor said.  “We have a major problem crumbling under pressure both physically and mentally.”
Pryor noted that the Rockets were content on handling the pressure earlier in the game but when Arlington went back to the press, the Rockets had a difficult time taking care of the ball.
S-D-A are 6-6 on the year and will play Friday, Jan. 19 at Ashland. Tip time is 6 p.m.