Girls' Basketball

Girls’ hoops competitive despite record

The Unity High School girls’ basketball team had several things that were not in their favor during the 2017-18 season —just 10 girls in the entire program, meaning there were no junior varsity or freshman teams; only one senior on the roster; and a schedule that featured five ranked teams, three of which were also members of the Rockets’ new conference, the Illini Prairie Conference.

Girls’ season comes to end at regional opener

The Unity High School girls’ basketball team saw its 2017-18 season come to an end Tuesday night when the Rockets lost to Urbana, 51-42, in the championship game of the Rantoul Class 3A regional tournament.
It was the Rockets’ second loss to the Tigers this season; in December Urbana won 48-31.

Sages top Rockets, 64-27

The Unity girls’ basketball team came up short against Monticello on Jan. 29, 64-27.
Elyce Knudsen led the Rockets in scoring with 13 points.

Rockets downed by Paris

Elyce Knudsen led the scoring attack for the Unity High School girls’ basketball team with 16 points as they fell to Paris Monday night  at the Rocket Center by a score of 50-35.
Knudsen also added eight rebounds to her stat line. The Rockets’ Hannah Rutledge added six points, and Morgan Steinman was also active on the glass, with nine rebounds.

Rockets defeat Olympia 66-33

Elyce Knudsen racked up 21 points, including two three-pointers, to lead the Unity High School girls basketball team to a 66-33 win over Olympia last Tuesday at the Rocket Center. She also had seven rebounds and three assists for the team.
Teammates Hannah Rutledge and Rysa Stacy each had 13 points for the Rockets, and Jordy Curtis registered nine points, including a trey.

Unity girls drop one against Pontiac

The Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team had two players in double figures last Thursday, with Elyce Knudsen leading all scorers with 16 points, while Hannah Rutledge added 10 points in the Rockets’ 43-33 loss to Pontiac.
Unity started off strong, leading 8-5 at the end of the first period of play and 15-14 at halftime.

Rockets fall to St. Joseph-Ogden

Unity’s Hannah Rutledge and Elyce Knudsen paced the Rockets in scoring with seven points each in the Rockets’ 53-25 loss to St. Joseph-Ogden last Wednesday.

Rocket girls fall to Prairie Central

Unity’s Hannah Rutledge paced the Rockets in scoring with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Elyce Knudsen added 13 points and five rebounds in the Rockets’ 47-42 loss to Prairie Central last Thursday.
The game was close throughout, tied 6-6 at the end of the first period. The Rockets led 15-14 at the halfway mark.

Rocket girls fall to St. Thomas More

Elyce Knudsen and Hannah Rutledge each tallied nine points for the Rockets, but it wasn’t enough as Unity fell to St. Thomas More by a score of 48-28 Monday night.
The Sabers got out ahead of the Rockets, tallying 13 points to Unity’s eight in the first period and never looked back. By halftime, St. Thomas More led 29-16.

Lack of offense hurts Rockets

The Unity High School girls’ basketball team has been having difficulty finding the bottom of the basket during its recent seven-game losing streak. Since the streak began on Dec. 27 in a loss to Springfield Southeast at the Decatur Eisenhower Holiday Tournament, the Rockets have scored less than 40 points in four games, including the last three contests.

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