Lady Hornets bow out gracefully in regional semifinal competition

The Rochelle Lady Hornets’ season came to an end last Friday with a 53-43 loss to Leggett in the regional semifinals. The Lady Hornets finished the season with 26 wins and 6 losses. At the end of the first quarter, Rochelle held an early 16-15 lead. They had a slow start in the second quarter, scoring only 5 points to trail Leggett, 28-21, at the half. “We never really recovered from that quarter,” said Rochelle coach Jym Dennis. In the third quarter, the Lady Hornets were out- scored, 16-9, to find themselves trailing, 44-30, going into the fourth quarter. Their come back rally in the fourth quarter had the Lady Hornets outscoring Leggett, 13-9, but it was too little, too late. “Foul trouble and bad shooting doomed the Lady Hornets,” Dennis said. “We shot 24 percent from the floor for the game. You are not going to win many games shooting like that, especially this deep in the playoffs. The girls never quit playing; they played until the very end, but that is the character of this team. “I am so proud of these girls and what they have accomplished this year. They did more for this community and school this year than they will ever know. I am glad I was able to be part of it. “I would like to thank the community and everyone for all their support this year.” Scorers for the Lady Hornets: Veronica Engdahl 2, Amber Gossett 4, Becca Willmann 7, Tiffany Cook 2, Keri Cook 2, Roz Roueche 10 and Bonnie Richardson 16. Graduating Lady Hornets are Amber Gossett, Becca Willmann and Heather Sanders. “Our senior girls were great leaders this year and will be missed,” Dennis added. “These girls were sophomores my first year here, and it has been fun coaching and watching them play over the last three years.” Returning players include juniors, Veronica Engdahl and Roz Roueche; sophomores, Bonnie Richardson, Tiffany Cook, Genisha Roberts and Loren Garcia; and freshman, Keri Cook. “We will return two starters and five letterman,” said Dennis. “We were a young team that gained lots of experience this year. The younger girls got a taste of what it is like to make the playoffs. They should be motivated to get better and try and repeat what we did this year. “The girls on the junior varsity and our up-and- coming eighth graders are going to get better and push each other for a spot on varsity next year. “This was a really great year, and I am very proud of this group of girls. They deserve all of the credit.”

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