KENT: The Rough Riders played host to Streetsboro Wednesday night and it was all Roosevelt from the start.
They finished off a strong first quarter by going up 13-7, and the second quarter proved to be a similar result.
The Rough Riders opened up a huge lead by outscoring Streetsboro (4-12, 2-8) 19-5 in the second quarter, which inflated the lead to 32-12 at the half.
Senior forward Courtney Olesh scored 10 points in the half and finished with 14 points to lead all players.
Roosevelt (10-6, 7-3) head coach Craig Foreman said the offense had its best ball movement all year, but he stressed the defensive intensity set it all up.
Junior forward Marra Woods was the Rockets leading scorer with just six points.
“The defense really got it going,” Foreman said. “It was that strong defense that helped us get going offensively.”
Led by a collection of scoring possessions, along with forcing timely turnovers in the backcourt, was the catalyst for Roosevelt in building the lead.
Streetsboro head coach Allison Carey said the defense was keyed in on certain weaknesses in the Roosevelt offense prior to the game, but simply failed to execute in stopping them.
Sophomore forward Brianna Rock also played efficiently along side Olesh in the post. She scored 12 points, with eight coming in the first half.
“The offense goes through them,” Foreman said. “They worked well together, and everyone set them up in a good way to score.”
Carey said the plan was to try and force the Roosevelt post players to play with their back to the basket as much as possible.
“Their ability to step out and hit those ten foot jumpers isn’t what we are used to playing against,” Carey said. “We just wanted to play the best post defense we could.”
The biggest key to the game was the Roosevelt full court press defense, especially in the first half.
“We came out in the press, and then we were able to fall back in our zone defense, which was working, and our half-court man-to-man defense was also working,” Foreman said.
“We knew that the press was coming,” Carey said. “They press us from tip-off to buzzer every single time we play them.”
Carey admitted working against a full-court press defense has been one of her team’s downfalls this year.
“Even though we turned the ball over, I thought we broke it pretty well when we did actually break it so that is a positive for us,” Carey said.
Aside from Olesh and Rock, junior Emily White chipped in 10 points off the bench, and junior Jenn Doershuk contributed seven for the Rough Riders as well.
Kent Roosevelt will travel to Akron Garfield next week, while Streetsboro will host Coventry next Wednesday.