Orioles Outfly Rockets
Rocky Grove pulls away from Titusville in season opener
It was a close affair between the Titusville lady Rockets and the Rocky Grove lady Orioles in Titusville’s season opener on Tuesday night, but in the waining minutes of the fourth quarter, the lady Orioles pulled away to steal a 50-37 win over the hometown lady Rockets.
Heading into the fourth quarter of the contest, the lady Rockets (0-1) trailed the lady Orioles (1-2) by just three points, 32-29.
Then, with just 3:32 to play, Titusville trailed Rocky Grove by just four, 38-34.
But, the lady Orioles scored 12 points over those final 3 minutes, as part of an 18-point fourth quarter, to pick up their first win of the season.
Titusville was led by Nicole Galmish, who tallied 12 points in the defeat.
Rocky Grove’s leading scorer was Aleece Schiffer, who picked up 18 points and went 9 of 14 from the free throw line.
The first minute game went scoreless, until Rocky Grove broke the 0-0 tie with a foul shot, to take an early 1-0 lead.
The lady Orioles quickly extend their advantage to 3-0, but the lady Rockets answered.
Titusville took their first lead of the game on a transition lay up by Rachael Jacobs, which gave the lady Rockets a 4-3 lead.
Shianne Donovan preserved the 1-point lead on Rocky Grove’s next offensive possession, when she came up with a big block in the paint.
With just under 3 minutes to play in the opening frame, Titusville extended their lead to 10-5 on a coast-to-coast bucket by Jacobs.
But, Rocky Grove closed the quarter on a 4-0 run, and Titusville’s lead dwindled to one point as the game moved to the second quarter.
The lady Rockets went right back to work when Shannon Moore fed Taylor Gates inside for an easy lay up to make it 12-9 Titusville.
Rocky Grove responded with a 5-0 run, though, to take a 14-12 lead.
The lady Orioles eventually took a 16-13, but Galmish came back with a 3 for the lady Rockets to tie it at 16.
The teams traded chances over the final few minutes of the half, before Rocky Grove took a 23-20 lead into the halftime break.
Rocky Grove maintained their lead early in the third, but Titusville hung in close.
With just over 5 minutes to play, Donovan made a nice save on a ball going out of bounds to Moore, who sunk a shot to make it 25-24 Rocky Grove.
Late in the quarter, the game began to slip away from Titusville when Rocky Grove built their lead to 32-26.
But, Kaylee Deeter dialed long distance with a 3-pointer to cut the defect in half heading into the fourth quarter.
With just over 3 minutes to play, Titusville trailed by just four points, but that was all the closer they would get to Rocky Grove.
Over a 1-minue span, the lady Orioles stretched a 38-34 lead into a 44-34 lead.
From there, Rocky Grove cruised to the win with a double digit cushion.
Titusville head coach Jenn Troup acknowledged things her team did not do well, but she said the focus is on the positives.
“We did not rebound real well and we didn’t box out real well,” said Troup. “But, we’re young and I see them correcting our errors. [We’re] very positive, in the locker room, we said to keep our heads up. If we correct our errors, that game is ours.”
Looking ahead, correcting those errors will be a part of Titusville’s growth.
“We knew coming into the season, just with how young we are, that we were going to make mistakes,” said Troup. “We’ve been working on them every day in practice and it continues [today] after school. Hopefully, Thursday, we have those corrected and are ready to play Northwestern.”
Thursday’s contest will be at the Launch Pad, at 7:15 p.m., versus the lady Wildcats.