The seventh- and eighth-grade Lady Rockets both capped off their seasons by bringing home state championship trophies.
The eighth-grade girls took on Smith Valley in its first game at the championship tournament, easily overcame its opponent.
The Rockets jumped out ahead in the first quarter, and was up 12-0 by the first buzzer. By the end of the game, the score was 33-14.
Hailey Lahre lead Rockets scoring with 14 points; Julieanna Brown added 9; Madelinne Bennett and Raynee Knight each scored four; and Kylie Burrow found the bottom of the net once.
In the championship game, the eighth-grade Rockets faced off against Virginia City.
The Rockets lagged behind during the first quarter, scoring only seven points to Virginia City’s 14. The Rockets rallied in the second quarter, and were ahead 22-18 at halftime. The Rockets held onto its lead during the second half and, despite being outscored 10-6 in the second half, edged out Virginia City to bring home the trophy, 36-34.
Lahre once again lead Rockets scoring with 15. She was joined by Brown, who tacked on 14; Claudia Benton who scored 3; and Knight and Bennett, who combined for four.
The seventh-grade Lady Rockets took a similar path to the championship. The team, which is made up entirely of fifth- and sixth-graders from Hawthorne Elementary, face off against Coleville, which it easily bested, 25-14.
Heidi Rosas was the most offensively productive Lady Rocket, racking up 10 points. Perla Farias added eight points; Jayla Tolliver six; and Jerzi Moody sank the team’s only free throw of the game.
After its win against Coleville, the seventh-grade Rockets also squared off against Virginia City.
In another hard-fought contest, the Lady Rockets were able to come out ahead, 30-24.
Farias lead Rockets scoring with 13; followed closely by Tolliver who had 12.
In addition to winning the team trophies, Farias and Knight were both awarded sportsmanship trophies for their conduct throughout the season.