The Okawville Rockets fell to the Calhoun Warriors 59-33 on Thursday in the Class 1A sectional championship game. The Lady Rockets (23-6) struggled to generate offense against the defending 1A champion, scoring just 14 second-half points.
Okawville managed an early 5-0 run to open the game when it took its only lead. The lead was short lived when Calhoun senior Jordan Holland tied the game with a 3-pointer.
The Lady Warriors (25-5) lead by five after one quarter and by 20 at the end of the first half.
Okawville had a tough time getting shots to fall through. They saw a scoring drought of 4 1/2 minutes in the second period.
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“We were missing layups, and when you don’t convert on those in this type of game, it’s going to come back and haunt you pretty quickly,” Okawville coach Michelle Hasheider-Burianek said.
Okawville’s shooting woes continued in the second half as Calhoun took a 26-point lead.
“Our role players stepped up tonight, and our defense played well. Okawville is a tough young team and will probably be right there again next year,” Calhoun coach Aaron Baalman said.
Okawville junior Madison Hackstadt had 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
Calhoun was led by junior Junie Zirkelbacch with 19 points, including a perfect 6 for 6 from the free-throw line. Senior Jordan Holland added 15 points.