The Craig County girls took a beating from Pioneer District leader Parry McCluer last week, but just two days later they were on the winning side of another district game.
Last Thursday in Buena Vista the homestanding Blues beat the Rockets, 93-15. Parry McCluer, who is 18-2 on the season, led 54-8 at the half and kept the pedal to the floor after intermission, scoring 20 points in the third quarter and 19 more in the fourth.
“I sat down the starters two minutes into the third quarter, but they kept stealing the ball and shooting layups at the other end,” said an aggravated Rocket coach Randy Hale. “I asked him after the game why he didn’t just set up and run the offense. There’s no reason to beat a team like that, and I’ve heard others complain about the same thing.”
On Saturday the Rockets were in friendly territory in New Castle and bounced back with a 69-51 win over Bath County. Craig’s Tierrney Zysk led both teams with 33 points and she also had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Kaylee Pauley had 11 points, Taylor Sloss had eight points to go along with a dozen rebounds and four steals and Autumn Hutchison had six assists for the Rockets.
“We had a lot of people contribute,” said Hale. “I’ve gotten into a habit of playing all my kids.”
With the win Craig improved to 6-10 overall and the Rockets have three games remaining in the regular season. The girls are at Eastern Montgomery tonight in a game that was rescheduled from Monday. On Friday they’ll play host to Narrows for “Senior Night”, and on Saturday afternoon they go to Bath County. The district tournament is next week and Craig should be somewhere in the middle.