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On the football field, the Rockwood Tigers are known as a tough, hard-nosed team that looks to pound their opponents into submission.
That’s also the strategy for Paul Kamikawa’s squad on the hardwood, and Friday night his bigger, more physical Tigers knocked off Oakdale, 65-51, to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Rockwood’s physicality was evident on the boards as seven different Tigers picked up at least four rebounds in leading the Tigers to a 45-18 rebounding advantage on the night.
Friday’s contest opened with both teams having success on offense. Behind eight points from Jay Tilley and five from Hunter Grant, Rockwood led 19-13 after eight minutes of play.
Michael Lindsay and Tyler Steinmetz scored six points each for Oakdale in the first quarter. Lindsay’s points came from behind the three-point stripe.
The second quarter would see the Tigers double-up the Eagles, 20-10, to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Tilley was again Rockwood’s big gun in the period, scoring six points.
Rockwood’s defense didn’t allow a field goal in the period, but the Tigers did get into foul trouble as Oakdale made 10 of 14 free throws. Jonah DeVaney made five of those free throws for Oakdale.
Rockwood opened the third period with a run that extended their lead and by the time the quarter ended, the Tigers held a comfortable 56-34 advantage.
Grant led Rockwood in the period with five points while Tilley and Freels added four each.
Oakdale did make a run at the Tigers in the final period as they outscored Rockwood 17-9 in the frame to make the final score 65-51.
Colby Miller (8 points) and Lindsay (5 points) led Oakdale in the final period of play.
Malcolm Springs and Jared Neerman scored four points each for the Tigers.
Tilley led Rockwood on the night with 18 points and seven rebounds. Grant (12 points, 4 assists) and Springs (10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) also scored in double figures while Jared Breazeale (7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals) had an all-around good game.
Steinmetz (13 points), Lindsay (12 points), Miller (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) and DeVaney (10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) scored in double figures for Oakdale.
Oakdale (51) Steinmetz 13, Lindsay 12, DeVaney 10, Miller 11, Bingham 3, Grayson 2.
Rockwood (65) Breazeale 7, Tilley 18, Freels 7, Grant 12, Springs 10, Long 2, Miller 2, Malicoat 2, Turner 1, Neerman 4.
Rockwood’s girls dropped a 29-25 decision to the Lady Eagles in the first game of the evening, but that wasn’t the worst news for the Lady Tigers on the evening as star point guard Jade Napier suffered a knee injury early in the game.
The extent of Napier’s injury is not yet known, but she is expected to be the Lady Tigers leading scorer this season.
The injury occurred just 62 seconds into the game, and was part of an 11-6 advantage for Oakdale in the period.
Oakdale’s Audrey Rogers and Rockwood’s McKenzie Lee led all scorers in the period with four points each.
The pace slowed down in the second period as the teams combined for only nine points with Oakdale take a 16-10 halftime lead.
The third period belonged to Rockwood. Behind six points from Lee and five from Chelsea Cheek, the Lady Tigers outscored Oakdale 13-5 in the frame to take a 23-21 lead into the final period of play.
Unfortunately for Rockwood, they scored only two points in the final period as a basket from Lee with 6:05 left to play gave Rockwood their final lead of the night at 25-24.
Oakdale took the lead for good with 3:15 left to play on a three-pointer from Autumn Monkhouse. Monkhouse added two free throws with 37 seconds left to make the final score 29-25.
Sierra Snow led Oakdale on the night with 11 points and four rebounds. Baley Pease pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with five assists.
Lee led he way for Rockwood with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Cheek added seven points and six rebounds.
Oakdale (29) Monkhouse 5, Rogers 6, Snow 11, Pease 4, Schubert 3.
Rockwood 25) Cheek 7, Cates 2, Lee 14, Evans 2.