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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:18

With top scorers gone, Rockets girls’ basketball team looks to mix of veterans and youth

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s girls’ basketball team had some holes to fill entering the season.
The Rockets’ top three scorers from last year graduated, including Melanie Obbink, Autumn Beutel and Faith Buechler. They led a team that went 9-14 last season and only lost to higher-ranked Oostburg, 47-37, in the first round of the playoffs.
“This year we do have a lot of new players stepping up,” coach Jason Jones said.
Junior Ellie Felsinger, who averaged 4.6 points per game last season, is back, along with senior Amanda Meerdink, who averaged 4.0 points per game and went 8-for-22 on three-pointers (36%).
“Amanda Meerdink, Brittany Teunissen, Alex Mentink, Ellie Felsinger along with many others will be looking to fill a lot of the spots that our seniors last year filled,” Jones said.
Sophomore guard/forward Amy TenHaken is also back, after scoring 11 points in two games last season.
s1011917501 4C“Our guards and post will have to step up this year.  Once again we will have to work as a team to become the best that we can be.”
The Rockets started the season 1-2, most recently losing at home to Mishicot on Nov. 21 in a game that was close for one half before turning into a blowout.
Down, 26-20, at the break, the Rockets only managed six points the rest of the way. Mishicot scored 31 to cruise to a 57-26 victory.
“Mishicot is a much improved team from last year. They still have a couple of nice players from last year with the addition of some very good underclassmen,” Jones said.
“The first half we were able to stick with them and we played pretty well offensively and defensively. The second half we could not get anything going on offense. Mishicot played good defense, but we also missed open shots that we normally would be able to make.”

Mentink, a junior guard, led the Rockets with nine points. Felsinger added seven.
Mishicot had three players in double figures, led by Kylie Schmidt’s 18. Hannah Sweetman scored 12, and Karly Ayotte added 10. Schmidt pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Rockets started the season with a double-digit victory on the road against Kewaskum, 40-27.
After taking a 22-18 halftime lead, the Rockets pulled away in the second half with an 18-9 advantage.
Meerdink led all scorers with 19 points, including going 8-for-10 at the free-throw line and making her only three-point attempt. She shot 4-for-10 from the floor, and grabbed eight rebounds.
Teunissen, a junior forward/guard, scored six points, as did Mentink. TenHaken scored five points, snagged nine rebounds and made a team-high three steals. Felsinger had five rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Kewaskum’s Ashley Trapp led her team with seven points.
“We played well had a lot of energy.  Kewaskum is a young team that will get better over the season. We played well against them and it was a good game to start the season,” Jones said.
At St. Mary Central the next night, the Rockets lost, 52-33. Felsinger scored 10.
“We were lacking the energy from the night before.  St. Mary’s is a much improved team from last year. For us, baskets were hard to come by, and defensively we found our selves out of position at times. We shot well from the free throw line (7-for-9), found some things that worked for us as well as areas that we can get better in.”
The Rockets host Sheboygan Lutheran on Thursday and play at Sheboygan Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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