Things certainly didn’t look good for the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team at halftime last Friday night.
Slowed by turnovers and missed shots, the host Rockets found themselves trailing Sheboygan Lutheran, 26-15, in a Central Lakeshore Conference game.
But there was still time for a comeback — and Cedar Grove-Belgium obliged by launching a 15-0 run that led to a 47-43 win.
“It was rather exciting,” Rockets coach Nate DePagter said. “The girls kept playing hard and got us back in the game.
“We had a lot of turnovers and mistakes in the first half. At halftime, we made some adjustments and slowed the ball down, which helped turn things around.”
Trailing, 34-20, midway through the third quarter, Cedar Grove-Belgium began its biggest rally of the young season. The 15-0 surge started late in the third quarter and gave the Rockets a 35-34 lead early in the final period.
Although Lutheran rallied to go up by four points, Cedar Grove-Belgium countered with one final, decisive run.
Alyssa Schmitt led the Rockets with 14 points, including two three-point baskets. Alyssa Sauer added 11 points, including a trio of threes.
Lutheran was led by Danielle Byrum’s 15 points.
The win came despite a tough night at the free-throw line, where the Rockets were just 4-for-13.
“The girls just never gave up. I couldn’t be any prouder of them,” said DePagter, whose team improved to 2-1 in CLC play and 3-2 overall.
Lutheran fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Random Lake 39, CG-Belgium 34
A cold first half doomed the Rockets in a league road loss Dec. 4.
Trailing, 16-10, at intermission, Cedar Grove-Belgium fought back and pulled within 25-21 after three quarters.
However, the Rams used a 14-13 edge in the final period to seal the win.
The Rockets shot just 42% at the foul line (10 of 24).
Sauer led Cedar Grove-Belgium with 11 points, and Lydia Legler had 10.
The Rams got 20 points from Nicole Paulus.
This week, the Rockets resumed play against Kohler on Tuesday. Their next game will be Dec. 21 when they host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah at 7:30 p.m.
Image Information: ALYSSA SAUER shielded a Sheboygan Lutheran player from the ball during Cedar Grove-Belgium’s comeback win last Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt