MORRISON — On a night where Peyton Tegeler celebrated her 1,000th career point, the Fillies were unable to punctuate the celebration with a victory.
Tegeler reached the milestone with a layup in the closing moments of the first quarter, but Rockridge ran away with a 64-41 victory in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference meeting.
Tegeler, a senior, needed eight points to reach the mark, which she eclipsed on a contested layup from the right block – a fitting way for the Fillies’ leader to etch her name in program history.
“I have always known I have to be strong down low because that is where my game is,” Tegeler said. “I’m not much of an outside shooter so I try to be a leader down low.”
After Morrison defeated Rockridge 42-32 back on Nov. 29, Fillies’ first-year coach Kerry Grim knew the Rockets would be itching for redemption.
Tegeler scored 30 points in the team’s first meeting, prompting the Rockets to swarm the 6-foot forward with two or three defenders one she caught a pass.
“I knew they weren’t going to let [Tegeler] get the ball inside this time because she tore them up last time,” Grim said. “We were able to get a couple shots to fall from the outside but we couldn’t get enough.”
Tegeler finished with 18 points while freshman Kendra Fisher and senior Hannah Linder both added 10 points.
Morrison trailed 31-23 at halftime, a modest deficit that spiraled in the third quarter, as Rockridge opened a 17-point advantage before the final eight minutes.
Grim said the third quarter has plagued her team several times this season, especially on the defensive end.
“It feels like the last four or five games that the third quarter has gotten us every time so we have to find a way to get over that hurdle,” Grim said.
The game halted after Tegeler’s layup pushed her career total to 1,001 points. The senior received a standing ovation and traded hugs with Grim and her teammates.
“It was crazy, I love the support that the town has,” Tegeler said. “It was awesome.”
Morrison rattled off a trio of 3-pointers in the second quarter, as Fisher sunk a pair and Linder added the other.
“It is never my first choice to bring a freshman up to varsity and definitely not to start,” Grim said. “But with only seven players on the roster, how could I not?
“She is going to get a lot of varsity experience and that will be good for her down the line, she is getting a lot of playing time and I hope that pays off down the road.”
Jessica Stice and Kierney McDonald both scored 18 points to lead Rockridge. Riley Addison added nine points.
Rockridge outscored Morrison 33-18 in the second half.
Morrison (3-15) returns to action to host Dixon Friday night.