Traveling to Indianapolis, IN on 5/20-21 to compete in the USJN Mid-America Challenge, the Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad came away with the overall tourney title.
The event got off to a tough start for the Rockets as they dropped their opening pool play game to the Illinois Evolution. But, unfazed, the Rockets played sensationally in their next two Saturday games, blowing out IL Lady Meanstreets and the Indiana Flight by 25+ points each.
Sunday saw the Rockets match up against a very game Kansas Precision squad, but the Rockets again prevailed, 43 – 36.
That triumph enabled the Rockets to come out on top of Pool B, and gave them the opportunity to play the Pool A winner – the Illinois Defenders – for the Mid-America Challenge championship.
Playing on tired legs but with loads of determination and grit, the Rockets jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead. But the Defenders wouldn’t go away, and they tied the game at 42 late in the third quarter. Lockdown defense from that point on contributed to the convincing 68 – 56 victory and the tourney title!
Rockets players are Clara Prasse, Kate Moore, Jaida Smith, Lauren Daffenberg, Caylin Rufus, Mya Shannon, Antwainette Walker, Ashley Konkle, Lindsay Harrison and Sadie Jurkovic. Coaches are Drew Ondik and Mike Prasse.