The Rockford boys and girls basketball teams both suffered defeats to West Fork on Monday night. The girls falling 44-20 while the boys lost 50-37, in what had been a very close game until the fourth quarter.
In the girls game shoots were not falling for either team in the early going. West Fork held a 9-4 lead at the end of the first period. Rockford did not go away, putting up 11 points against the Warhawks’ 12 to make the halftime score 21-15 heading to the break. After halftime the Warrior’s shooting went cold as they were only able to must 5 points in the second half. West Fork was able to pull away behind a 24 point performance by senior Center Emily Caspers. Leading scorers for the Warriors were Chloe Matthews and Gabby Keith who each scored 5. The loss moves the Rockford girls to 3-10 on the season while the Warhawks girls move to 5-8.
In the night cap it was the #5 ranked West Fork Warhawks that emerged victorious in what was a very close game until West Fork scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to distance themselves. At the end of the first period it was the Rockford that held a 13-6 lead behind good Warrior defense and cold shooting by West Fork. West Fork came in shooting an eye popping 48% from the field and 43% from behind the three point line. On Monday night the Warhawks shot just 32% from the field and only 21% from the arc. Rockford found itself in early foul trouble as Trey Norby was called for his third foul just for minutes into the game, forcing the team’s third leading scorer to the bench for the remainder of the first half. It was solid defense and good rebounding that got the Warhawks into the lead at half, 19-15, as Rockford was only able to must two points in the second quarter. After the break Rockford was able to pull the score back to within two points by the end of the third period (25-23 and was even able to tie the game early in the third period. West Fork came into the game as the top three point shooting team in class 1A and despite being cold from behind the arc early, proved their ranking when West Fork was able to make four three pointers in the fourth period. The Warriors were paced by 6′ 8″ senior Center Matt Schubert who scored 12. Junior Zach Ott poured in 10 points of his own, while Junior point guard Justice Jones added 6 points. The loss moves Rockford to 7-6 on the season while the #5 ranked Warhawks move to 12-1