Though they led at halftime, the Rock Creek girls basketball team did not get its first win of the season, falling to Rossville, 50-40, at home Tuesday night.
The 10-point margin was the smallest that the Mustangs (0-8, 0-5) have lost by all season, and it was the smallest margin of victory all season for the Bulldogs (6-2, 2-2).
It was the second week in a row that Rock Creek went into halftime with the lead but watched that lead slip away.
“The effort was good,” Rock Creek head coach Adam Plummer said. “Just like last week at Silver Lake we had the lead going into half, and I just told the girls that I felt like we were playing chess and they were playing checkers, and then they switched it around on us.”
After the Mustangs opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to take a four-point lead, Rossville’s defense tightened and began pressing, causing whatever offense momentum Rock Creek had to evaporate away.
“In the second half, we were always one step behind, one cut behind,” Plummer said. “I don’t know where our focus went at halftime. It was OK for the first few minutes of the third quarter and then we went through a really big dry spell where we couldn’t get anything to go right on either end.”
In addition to the defensive pressure, Bulldog senior Amanda Hill had herself a night, scoring 30 points in all manners, including hitting three 3s and converting several steals into transition buckets.
“Everybody knows that Amanda Hill can shoot the ball,” Plummer said. “She puts time into it, she deserves to shoot the ball well because she’s put the time in the gym in … She’s a good player, give her credit.”
Rossville sophomore Caila Hill also reached double digits, scoring 10.
Rock Creek only managed to get one player in double-figures in senior Jayden Weers (13).
Weers was big in the Mustangs early success, scoring six points inside the paint and from the free throw line in the first quarter before going silent until the fourth quarter where she got her final seven points.
Though Plummer and his team are unhappy with their winless record, they feel that the competitive nature of the first two quarters of Tuesday’s game shows promise that they are moving closer to get that first win.
“You can see it in practice,” Plummer said. “Our competitive spirit has been a lot better since break … We’re competing, which is good, but we need to find a way to win so we get to feel what winning feels like instead of losing.”
Rock Creek will head to Wabaunsee while Rossville will return home to take on St. Marys on Friday.