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Rockets have busy schedule

The Craig County boys are home tonight to play host to Parry McCluer in a Pioneer District basketball game.

The Rockets will be looking for their first district win, although they’ve only played one

Derek Persinger has been Craig’s most consistent scorer. -Photo by Jim Devinney
Derek Persinger has been Craig’s most consistent scorer. -Photo by Jim Devinney

district game thus far. Craig lost to Covington in the Pioneer opener last Wednesday then had a Friday game at James River snowed out. The River game will be made up on Monday, January 18.

The Rockets returned from Christmas break with a home game against Narrows last Tuesday, and dropped a 73-29 decision. Narrows jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead and then held Craig to one point in the third quarter. The Rockets didn’t quit and scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. Derek Persinger had a dozen and Tyler Giebner had six points.

Last Wednesday at home the Rockets hosted Covington and dropped a 71-30 decision. Craig trailed 54-14 but scored 16 in the fourth quarter this time. Persinger and Joey Jennings had 10 points each and Giebner had eight for the Rockets as they dropped to 1-6.

“We’re definitely getting better,” said coach C. J. Crowder. “We had a couple boys get hurt and some others have gotten playing time.

Ryon Birtsh, who Crowder had been counting on, injured his ankle in the third game of the season and is expected to return. Likewise, James Jones injured his ankle over the break and is hoping to return soon.

Getting those two back would give the Rockets a lift.

The Craig boys remain busy after tonight’s home game with Parry McCluer, traveling to Highland County on Friday night. Next week the Rockets make up a game with James River on Monday, then play at Bath County on Wednesday and at Covington on Friday, January 22.

“That’s the way it’s going to be for the rest of the season,” said Crowder. “We’ll have three games every week from now on.”

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