Assumption improved to 2-0 on the season with a 66-45 victory at Presentation Friday night. Senior Maddie Nalley led the way with a game-high 24 points while fellow senior Payton Cronen scored 17 points, 15 in the first half.
“I have six seniors that I know what I’m going to get from them. I’m looking for that seventh and eighth kid,” said Assumption head coach Stacy Pendleton. “Right now, we’re just trying to find out what we can do. And honestly, we’re trying to get used to winning, trying to expect to win. Beating Notre Dame the other night helped.
“I think my kids were a little shocked at how aggressive and tenacious Pres played. I was. In the second half, they made a few tough shots. And we, especially my second and third-string, they couldn’t get to the rack at all.”
Nalley set the tone early, scoring eleven points in the first quarter to give the Rockets an early 25-12 lead. Assumption then opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run to extend its lead to 20. Cronen did most of her damage in the second period, leading the Rockets to a commanding 41-21 halftime advantage. Nine of Cronen’s 15 first-half points were from behind the arc.
When the second half started, Nalley continued her big night with eleven points in the third quarter, including three of the Rockets’ first four buckets in the period. Assumption led the Toppers 61-32 through three.
“We’re going to be better when Maddie is more assertive offensively,” said Pendleton. “I know she’s going to get ten rebounds, four or five blocks, and three or four steals every game. But we do need her scoring. She only took one shot against Notre Dame. I’m glad she came out tonight looking to do a little different. She picked up the slack because Megan (Wellinghurst) had a tough night.”
The Toppers (0-2) were led by junior Emma Deitchman, who finished with a team-high 14 points. Senior Olivia Brown joined her in double figures with eleven points, as did sophomore Peyton Nauert, who finished with ten points.
Presentation returns to the hardwood Monday night in a home tilt with Carroll County while the Rockets take on Australian team Maribyrnong College Saturday afternoon.