ROCK FALLS – With her team trailing by five points early in the third quarter Tuesday night, Morgan Mammosser decided enough was enough.
Over the next 5 1/2 minutes, the Rock Falls senior guard provided the boost the Rockets needed to pull out a nonconference win, 44-36 over St. Bede at Tabor Gym.
Mammosser’s 14 points, four rebounds and three assists were all team highs, and Rock Falls pulled away with a late run.
“We were down, not running our offense too well, so I figured I had to step up and be a leader,” said Mammosser, who had 11 of her 14 points and all three of her assists in the second half.
Down 24-19 a little more than 2 minutes into the second half, Mammosser scored on a strong drive to the basket before draining a 3-pointer on the next possession to bring the Rockets within two at 26-24. A minute later, she drove to the hoop for a layup, then nailed a pull-up jumper to tie the score at 30.
Mammosser found a wide-open Jessica Wind under the basket to tie the score at 32 and kick-start an 11-0 run to close the third quarter and open the fourth.
“They wanted to win the game a lot more than we did, that’s all I can figure out,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said. “They looked like they wanted to be out there making plays at the end, and we didn’t look like we wanted to be out there at all.”
As smooth as the rally was, Rock Falls’ defense was the key in the final period. The Rockets (5-6) held the Bruins without a field goal in the fourth and held them scoreless for more than 9 minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters.
St. Bede (5-10) scored just four points – on four free throws – over the game’s final 11 minutes.
Lydia Stariha had nine points, six rebounds and two steals for SBA, while Raley Mauck chipped in seven rebounds.