Jr. Lady Rockets Finish Second in State Tournament


Brynn Rhodes, Junior High Editor

The Jr Lady Rockets made it to the state tournament once again this year. They landed their spot in the state tournament after a regional win over Maryville Christian with a score of 49-17. 

In the first round of state, the Jr Lady Rockets met up with the Red Bud Lady Royals, who they have already seen once this year. The Jr Lady Rockets came ready to play by having a halftime score of 22-7. In the second half, the Jr Lady Rockets held them under 20 and finished the game with a score of 42-17.  Jilien Harre led the way for the Jr Lady Rockets with 9 points, Brynn Rhodes put up 8, Kenley Hackstadt added 7, Kaylie Behrman had 5, Schae Juenger and Addison Hasheider added in 4, Delaney Kuhn put up 3, and Jaycie Buss had 2. 

In the semi-final, the Jr Lady Rockets played the Nashville Jr Hornettes for a Washington County Showdown. The Jr Hornettes came ready to play and led at halftime with a score of 12-5. In the second half, the Jr Lady Rockets kicked it into gear and tied up the game in the 4th quarter. The game then went into overtime and the Jr Lady Rockets outscored the Jr Hornettes 6-2. The Jr Lady Rockets took a win with a score of 28-24 after a long intense battle. This win landed the Jr Lady Rockets a spot in the championship game. Brynn Rhodes led the Jr Lady Rockets with 10 points, Addison Hasheider followed her with 7, Kenley Hackstadt added 4, Jilien Harre put up 3, and Kaylie Behrman and Schae Juenger finished with 2. 

In the championship game, the Jr Lady Rockets took on the Pinckneyville Jr Panthers. The Jr Lady Rockets were down in the first half with a score of 14-10. The Jr Lady Rockets were never able to gain the lead after that and lost with a score of 33-28. Brynn Rhodes led the Jr Lady Rockets with 13 points, Addison Hasheider followed her with 9, Kenley Hackstadt added in 3, Jilien Harre chipped in 2, and Kaylie Berhman had 1. The Jr Lady Rockets finished their season with an impressive record of 26-2. 

I interviewed Coach Aaron Tebbe on how he felt about the season. He replied, “I thought the season went extremely well. I had a very hardworking group of girls that enjoyed the game and they came to the gym ready to go. I thought from the beginning of the season to the end we showed great improvement all around and personally speaking I want to thank my seven 8th graders for their work and dedication to the program for 3 years.”  

Congrats to the Jr Lady Rockets for having a great season!