BOWERSTON – The Rockets basketball team opened the season without a junior or senior on their entire roster and the inexperience showed in the first quarter. The visiting Southern Local Indians, a team coming off a 15 win season last year and losing only one starter, took advantage of the youthful Rockets and jumped out to a 30-6 first quarter lead. The second quarter was much better for the young Rockets, who featured four freshman and a sophomore on the floor at times, as they battled the more experienced Indians losing the quarter by a slight 17-15 margin.
A bright spot for the Rockets was their free throw shooting. The Rockets shot 96% on the evening from the free throw line making 12/13 shots. Sophomore Garson Imes tallied 19 points to pace the Rockets scoring attack putting up 12 points in the fourth quarter. Freshman Gaige Galigher reached double figures with 10 while sophomore Brett Putnam and freshman Evan Siedel added eight points each. The game was the opener for both teams.