Rochester struggled in the first half, but the Falcons turned it around and dominated the second half for a 39-29 win over Birmingham Seaholm in a key OAA Blue girls basketball contest on Tuesday night at Rochester High School.
Rochester improved to 6-6 overall and remained undefeated (6-0) in the OAA Blue while Seaholm is now 6-5, 4-2 in the Blue.
The Maples out-scored the Falcons, 13-7, in the second quarter to take a 20-13 lead at the half. Then the Falcons came out fired up and scored the first 14 points in the third quarter to take a 27-20 lead.
“I think maybe it was a little bit of a wake-up call, I was on them before the game because I didn’t feel like they were ready because we haven’t had practice the last couple days,’’ Rochester coach Jeff Haney said. “So I was concerned and I let them know that. I don’t know, maybe that knocked them down, maybe that helped us not come out with much confidence so maybe that was my fault.’’
The Falcons were much more energized to start the third quarter.
“I think at halftime they realized if we didn’t play like we could play we could be in trouble,’’ Haney said. “I think that motivated them, they want to stay atop our league. If we play one good half we can do that. The second half we played well, I was really pleased in the second half.’’
Rochester outscored the Maples 26-9 in the second half.
“I think their energy was a lot higher, Rochester played a much better game than us in the second half. We came out lethargic, we were slow, couldn’t get the shots,’’ Seaholm coach Chris Manchester said.
“So we had more turnovers than shots in the second half, steals, silly mistakes, a lot of mistakes by us — things we can work on in practice,’’ Manchester added.
Meredith Owens led the Maples with 9 points.
For the Falcons, sophomore guard Megan Lorenzo led with a dozen points while senior Tori Hawkins scored 10.
“(Hawkins) is doing a really good job. She’s a senior. She’s been in the program for a while and has really taken it up a notch,’’ Haney said. “I’m really proud of her. Our point guard Megan , she’s a sophomore but she’s doing a really good job controlling things. She’s on the floor a lot.’’
Haney said he doesn’t have a standout player or two.
“We have a lot of people who kick it in and have done a really good job. I’m proud of them for coming back in the second half after things weren’t good in the first half,’’ Haynes said.
Next up for Rochester is a home game against Pontiac at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Maples are at home on Thursday hosting Walled Lake Northern.
“We’re working hard, as long as the kids are working extra hard, we’ll get to where we want to be,’’ said Manchester who is in his first season at Seaholm. “I told the girls by mid-season I thought we’d be where I want to be. I think we’re still about two or three weeks away. We’ll be ready hopefully, when playoffs come.’’