STEPHENSON — After dropping its last five games in a row, the Stephenson girls basketball team picked up a much-needed win against Rapid River on Monday night.

Trailing 41-36 entering the fourth quarter, the Eagles rallied on both ends of the floor to outscore the Rockets 14-6 and come away with a 50-47 Skyline Central Conference victory.

“We hit some shots down the stretch and really did a fantastic job defensively in the fourth quarter,” Stephenson coach Jeff Sunstrom said. “This was the first game that we actually rotated the ball around the perimeter and that opened up a lot of things inside for us to the point where we didn’t have to take a lot of wild shots. I’m so happy for these girls. They deserved this one.”

Rapid River’s Natalie Belanger scored 12 points in the first half but was shut down in the second half, thanks in part to the defensive effort of Makayla Johnson inside as she recorded a few blocks and forced Belanger to change her shot multiple times in the last two quarters.

“Makayla did a really nice job of keeping Natalie in check for us in the second half,” Sunstrom said. “Without that we might not win this game.”

Leading the Eagles in scoring was Alayna Klatt with 13 points and Sunstrom said the 5-foot-11 junior played a very nice game inside the paint and even dropped in a 3-pointer. Paige Cappaert and Toree Kuntze added nine and Justine Havelka chipped in seven.

Emily Goodacre led Rapid River with 17 points and Belanger finished her night with 12.

Stephenson (3-5) hosts Forest Park on Friday.

RAPID RIVER (47) — E. Goodacre 17, Belanger 12, Pilon 7, K. Goodacre 6, Chaperon 3, Poore 2.

STEPHENSON (50) — Klatt 13, Cappaert 9, Kuntze 9, Havelka 7, M. Johnson 6, Schultz 2, Anderson 2, Verba 1.