Lady Tigers off to quick start

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Napier leads Rockwood in scoring in first two games

By Gerald Largen


The Rockwood Lady Tigers recently opened their season with a 50-31 victory at Sunbright, and they followed that up on at home by knocking off Sunbright again, 55-31.

Both games played out in similar fashion as Rockwood took control early and cruised in the second half.

Game One

A balanced attack was the key for Amy Breazeale’s squad in opening the season with a 19-point victory. A total of 10 players scored on the night with Jade Napier’s 12 points leading the way.

Napier got off to a quick start as she drained a pair of three-pointers and scored nine points in the first period of play. Napier outscored Sunbright in the opening period as Rockwood led 16-8.

The second period would see Shelbey Brackett bury a pair of three-pointers. Chelsea Cheek also hit a shot from downtown, as Rockwood took a 30-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Things didn’t change much in the second half. Rockwood outscored Sunbright 11-4 in the third period, then Sunbright won the final period 13-9 to make the final score 50-31.

Samantha Freels (9 points) and McKenzie Lee (8 points) came close to give the Lady Tigers three players in double digits.

Brittany Phipps and Andrea Morgan scored eight points each for Sunbright.

Rockwood (50) Hill 2, Summerall 2, Napier 12, Cheek 3, Brackett 6, Evans 2, Cates 1, Lee 8, Underhile 5, Freels 9.

Sunbright (31) Phipps 8, Morgan 8, Shannon 2, Stephens 1, Bowling 2, Jones 7, Hall 2, Kennedy 1.

Game Two

Tuesday’s game was almost a carbon copy of their first meeting four day earlier, as Rockwood never trailed in rolling to a 24-point victory.

Rockwood’s defense was the story in the opening frame. The Lady Tigers came up with eight steals and that led to runs of 7-0 and 6-0 with Rockwood holding a 13-5 lead after eight minutes of play.

Rockwood opened the second period with a 14-0 run to take a 27-5 lead. Sunbright did score seven of the final 11 points in the half to pull within 31-12.

Napier scored 11 points in the first half for Rockwood while Cheek added six.

There was no drama in the second half. Rockwood outscored Sunbright 24-19 in the second half to make the final score 55-31.

Napier again led the way for Rockwood with 15 points to go along with four steals. Cheek (8 points, 6 steals), Carson Evans (6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Lee (6 points, 8 rebounds), Freels (6 points, 5 rebounds) and Lexie Hill (6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals) also put up solid numbers for Rockwood in the win.

Shelley Shannon (6 points, 6 rebounds) and Chelsea Smith (6 points) paced Sunbright in the loss.

Sunbright (31) Phipps 3, Morgan 4, Bowling 5, Jones 2, Shannon 6, Smith 6, Stephens 4, Hamby 1.

Rockwood (55) Napier 15, Cheek 8, Evans 6, Lee 6, Freels 6, Brackett 3, Cates 1, Hill 6, Summerall 3, Thompson 1.