Rock Valley holds off Rowan-Gloucester


Rock Valley may have home court advantage for the 2018 National Tournament, but that doesn’t mean the Golden Eagle 5th national championship in seven years is going to come easy.

Rock Valley defeated Rowan-Gloucester 65-59 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals.

The Golden Eagles struggled to create a sizable lead against the Roadrunners all afternoon. Rock Valley turned the ball over 21 times and shot 43.5% from the free throw line.

“I thought we played a little bit rusty,” says Rock Valley’s coach Misty Opat.  “It’s been 10,12 days since we’ve played and hopefully we got that rust off and we’re ready to go energized for tomorrow.”

Freshman Kaela Kruser made a return to action after suffering a shoulder injury. Kruser made an instant impact scoring 17 points, and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Rock Valley’s Maid Hecox and Emily Cox both added 14 points of their own.

The Golden Eagles will face Northland Community & Technical College in the semifinals Friday night at six o’clock.

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