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Defense leads Lady Tigers to Eble crown

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The best offense is sometimes a good defense.

That was the case for the Rockwood Middle School Lady Tigers over the past two weeks as Jeff Allen’s squad gave up just 62 points in three games in winning the 2010 Hollis Eble Tournament at Oakdale.

The Lady Tigers opened tournament play with a 45-12 victory over Petros-Joyner. Up next was a 29-26 victory over Coalfield in the semifinals, then the Lady Tigers came from behind in the final period to defeat York in the championship game, 32-24.

The Lady Tigers will be back in action Monday when they host Cherokee.

Rockwood vs. 

Petros-Joyner

The 2010 season opener for the Lady Tigers wasn’t much of a contest as Rockwood rolled to a 33-point victory.

Rockwood had the game under control in the first period as Israel Summerall scored 6 points in leading the Lady Tigers to a 17-2 lead after one period of play.

The second period was more of the same as the Lady Tigers used a 12-2 advantage in the quarter to take a 29-4 lead at halftime.

Summerall scored 6 more points in the third period as Rockwood upped their lead to 42-8 with six minutes left to play.

Both teams played reserves throughout the final period.

Summerall led Rockwood on the night with 14 points while Lexie Hall added 10.

Rockwood (45) Evans 7, Young 8, Summerall 14, L. Hill 10, Z. Hill 2, Thompson 2, Metcalf 2.

Rockwood vs. Coalfield

One of the best games of the tournament took place in the semifinals as the Lady Tigers downed Coalfield, 29-26.

Neither team did much offensively in the first period as the score was tied 2-2 after six minutes of play.

The second quarter would see both offenses heat up as Rockwood outscored Coalfield 12-11 in the period to take a 14-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Summerall and Baylee Young scored 5 points each to lead Rockwood in the second quarter.

Rockwood appeared ready to pull away in the third period as the Lady Tigers used a 9-2 advantage in the period to take a 23-15 lead into the final period of play.

Rockwood, however, would have to hold off Coalfield in the final period as the Lady Jackets won the final period, 11-6, to cut the final margin of deficit to three points.

Young (10 points) and Summerall (9 points) led the way for Rockwood on the night.

Rockwood (29) Evans 6, Summerall 9, Young 10, Golliher 4.

Rockwood vs. York

Saturday’s championship game was anybody’s contest for much of the game, but Rockwood ended the game on a 12-1 run to pull out a 32-24 victory.

The first half was close throughout as the score was tied 4-4 after six minutes of play then Rockwood narrowly won the second period to take a 12-9 lead at halftime.

The score remained close in the third quarter as York won the period 8-6 to make the score 18-17 in favor of the Lady Tigers.

York opened the final period with a 6-2 run that gave the Lady Dragons a 23-20 lead, but the Lady Tigers would finish the game on a high note.

Kelsey Underhile started the late run with a basket at the 2:46 mark of the fourth quarter and she would hit a free throw 14 seconds later to tie the score at 23-23.

Things remained tied for more than a minute, but Summerall converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:19 left and she converted a fast break basket 18 seconds later as the Lady Tigers led 28-23 with 1:01 left to play.

York never got closer than four points in the final minute as Rockwood scored twice down the stretch to put the finishing touches on the 32-24 victory.

Underhile and Summerall scored 11 points each for Rockwood on the day.

 Rockwood (32) Evans 4, Young 4, Summerall 11, Underhile 11, Hill 2.