ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Rockets girls basketball team has created a relationship between turnovers and points allowed.
As the Rockets' turnovers increase, so does the opponent's score.
Alleman figured this equation out on Tuesday, leading to a 71-56 win for the Pioneers at Tabor Gym.
In the first quater, Rock Falls (5-14) limited its turnovers, and it reflected in the score. The Pioneers led by only three points at the end of 8 minutes.
One trip down the court, and Chelsi Blair had erased that deficit by knocking down a 3-pointer.
That's when the Pioneer press found another gear, and post player Erin Morrisey started taking over the game.
The press forced turnovers, which then led to baskets for Morrisey. She went 6-for-6 from the field in the second quarter to help blow the game open for the Pioneers.
"We turned the basketball over, and they were right down there in their area," Rock Falls coach Craig Mammosser said. "They turned the turnovers into layups. It was three straight turnovers for us, and all of a sudden, it turned into a 10-point game. We had 21 turnovers. That is a lot. Most of them weren't against the press. Most of them were our fault, in the half court, not getting good possessions. We allowed them to have way too many easy possessions, easy buckets, and we didn't get enough good possessions offensively."
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Blair and senior Danica Fortune stopped the Alleman run, bringing the Rocket deficit to three points at 18-15. But a basket by Morrisey quieted things and steadied the Pioneer ship. The lead expanded to 10 points at 33-23 by half.
Rock Falls' turnovers were a lot better in the second half, but Alleman continued to take advantage of Morrisey's stellar play.
A 3-pointer for Rocket sophomore Sydnie Nailor cut the lead to 52-37 as time expired in the third quarter. More importantly, it gave her team momentum to work with heading into the final stanza.
"It's about having confidence with the ball in your hands," Mammosser said. "We don't have a true point guard, but we still need to have confidence in ourselves."
"There are times out there when we look really good. But then there are times when we look lax, especially on the defensive end. We've given up 156 points the past two games."
A pair of free throws from junior Dallas Clevenger was followed up by another by freshman Emily Sauer for the Rockets to start the fourth.
Junior Bailie Smith pulled Rock Falls to the closest it came for the rest of the night. After she knocked down two free throws, the Rockets trailed by 11 points with just under 3 minutes to play.
Kara Nehrkorn ended her Senior Night in fine fashion, as she executed a step-back jump shot that left her defender on the ground for the last made basket of the game.
Star of the game: Erin Morrisey, Alleman, 28 points, 6 rebounds
Key performers: Dallas Clevenger, Rock Falls, 9 points, 2 steals. Emily Sauer, Rock Falls, 7 points, 8 rebounds. Isabelle Anderson, Alleman, 10 points