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Packer girls fall to Rockets

Austin's Alex Hansen and Rochester Century's Allison Radke struggle over the ball during the first half Friday night in Packer Gym. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The Austin girls basketball team couldn’t find much offense as it lost to Rochester John Marshall (6-11 overall, 3-6 Big Nine) 62-38 on Hall of Fame night in Packer Gym Friday.

The Packers (7-8 overall, 4-5 Big Nine) pulled to within 31-25 when Stephanie Justice scored on a breakaway with 14:40 left in the game, but they scored just 13 points the rest of the way as the Rockets pulled away.

Austin's Taylor Lady cuts into the lane and the Rochester John Marshall defense during the First half Friday night at Packer Gym. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

“We missed some easy shots and we didn’t rotate to protect the basket on defense,” Austin head coach Gary Peterson said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t play better when we’ve got some of our former players being inducted into the hall of fame.”

Austin had trouble with JM’s two eighth graders in the paint as Nicole Fautsch had 19 points and seven rebounds and Jamie Ruden had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Jenna Svoboda had 13 points and nine rebounds for Austin — which tied a season-low with its 38 points.
JM 29 33 — 62

Austin 21 17 — 38

Austin scoring:Jenna Svoboda, 13; Babaye Oja, 9; Taylor Lady, 9; Marwa Omot, 3; Merideth Fritz, 2; Stephanie Justice, 2; rebounds: 23 (Svoboda, 9); field goals: 24 percent (15-for-63); three-pointers: 7 percent (1-for-15); free throws: 58 percent (7-for-12); turnovers: 16

Austin's Marwa Omot challenges Rochester John Marshall's Katie Boldt during the second half Friday night in Packer Gym. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

JM scoring: Nicole Fautsch, 19; Jamie Ruden, 15; Megan Haynes, 9; Katelyn Rushton, 5; Allyson Sherden, 5; Megan Bryne, 4; Katie Boldt, 2; Allison Radke, 2; Kalli Fautsch, 1; field goals: 48 percent (23-for-48); three-pointers: 20 percent (1-for-5); free throws: 68 percent (15-for-22); rebounds: 38 (Ruden, 8); turnovers: 24