To continue our coverage of District 6 Basketball we move onto the game between the Lady Thunderbolts of Rye and the Lady Meloneers of Rocky Ford. The game will be played in Rye,as the Thunderbolts come into the gaem as the #2 Seed in the District, while the Meloneers come in as the #7 seed. Rocky comes in off a beating of Swallows Charter Academy in the Pigtail game last Thursday,
Rye has done well in the Santa Fe League this year, and they would have been the #1 seed had they beat the Swink Lions one more time. Rye and Swink were tied for the #1 seed but due to the tie-breaker (Free Throw Percentage), the Lions were granted the 1 seed. Rocky Ford has had a rough season, but an upset here could make everyone forget that, fact. Rocky is a team that will not give up, they will play to the final buzzer. Be on the lookout for more of the same from the Meloneers.
The teams met twice throughout the season with Rye winning both, the first meeting being in Rye, a tough place to play for any team, on January 12th and the Thunderbolt coming away with a 40-23 victory, Leading scorers for the game were: Hannah Moore of Rocky Ford with 9 points, and Sarah Lesser of Rye with 17 points.
The second meeting was in Rocky Ford on January 29th with Rye coming away with a slime 25-18 victory. Rocky played well throughout and almost pulled it out but Rye got to the free throw line more late in the game than the Meloneers and pulled away and claimed the victory.Neither team was able to break the 10-point mark for any quarter in the game.
Rocky will play hard, won’t give up and will try to upset the Thunderbolts to advance to OJC to play on Saturday. Look for the game to be a defensive battle throughout and it may just come down to who has the ball last. Should be a great one from Rye tonight.
Players to Watch For:
Rocky Ford–Stephanie Frantz & Kaylee Soltero
Rye– Sarah Lesser & Laura Ambler