Scott Hamilton’s Rockets (11-1) relied on a defense that limited previously unbeaten Williamsville to 96 yards’ total offense. The key was a ball-control offense that kept possession for 30:05 of the 48-minute game. Unity completed one pass and gained its other 194 yards on the ground.
The Chargers (37-5) clinched their first state trophy, third place in Class 3A. None of the other schools in the Final Four had five players with at least seven kills. Centennial had Rachel Jones (20), Lauren Cloyd (15), Kara Johnson (15), Kelsey Olion (10) and Libby Cocagne (seven).
The Titans (36-3) had 10 service aces at state, helping coach Drew Robertson’s team finish third in Class 1A. Five players served at least one ace: junior Lizzy Barnard (four), junior Madelyn Cottle (two), senior Autumn Meyer (two), senior Amber Meyer (one) and junior Abby Smith (one).
VILLA GROVE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
The Blue Devils opened with a 53-42 victory against Paxton-Buckley-Loda. Four squad members made three-point shots, and five had at least eight points. Lizzy Smith scored a game-high 18 points for Villa Grove. The Blue Devils are trying to bounce back from a 12-18 season record in 2011-12.
ARGENTA-OREANA GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Kandie Bloch, last season’s area scoring leader, picked up where she left off. The senior scored a game-high 35 points as Argenta-Oreana upended Arcola 49-46 in the opening game for both schools Monday. Bloch also had 11 rebounds and six steals in coach Jeff Shumate’s first game with the Bombers. As a junior, Bloch averaged 21.6 points per game.