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Rams overpower Tigers

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By JACE GREENE

Roane Newspapers

Friday night had two story lines to it in Rockwood as the Tigers faced the Rams of Grace Christian.

The first was that it was huge a District 3-A game, and the other being that since Grace joined the district in 2009-2010, the Tigers and Rams have had a huge rivalry with almost every game being a battle. 

Friday’s games were no different, but Rockwood got the short end of the stick, dropping the girls game, 60-47, and losing the boys game, 68-52.

Girls Game

Jade Napier and McKenzie Lee combined for 23 points, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Rams put up 60 against Rockwood's 47.

Grace jumped out on the Tiger's, 10-0 in the early going, but that didn't scare Rockwood away as they fought back with six straight points to make the score 10-6. The momentum that the Lady Tigers built up didn't last as the Lady Rams ended the frame on a 6-2 run to take a 16-8 lead. 

Dara Cates came off the bench and scored five points in the first period.

The second period of play did not look much better for the Lady Tigers as they could not make up any ground on the Lady Rams, trailing 27-16 at halftime. 

Halftime treated the Lady Tiger's well as they started making a cut into the Lady Rams lead. The Tigers would knock it down into the single digits going into the final period of play down, 44-35.

Lee came out in the fourth period as she led the way for the Lady Tigers in their hopeful comeback effort. Lee got fouled and hit her first free throw to make the score 49-43, but missed the second. All was well though, as she grabbed the board and dished to Napier, who was fouled and knocked down both free throws down to cut the lead to 49-45 with 3:50 left to play. 

On the Lady Tigers next possession Lee made a shot to pull the lady Tiger's within two at 49-47, but Rockwood would not score again as Grace Christian score the final 11 points of the game.

Napier (12 points, 2 steals) and Lee (11 points, 3 rebounds) led the way on the night for the Lady Tigers.

Rockwood (47) Lee 11, Napier 12, Cheek 4, Freels 7, Cates 7, Hill 2, Thompson 4.

Boys Game

Hunter Grant scored 19 point, but he was the only Tiger to get in double digits as they lost to the Rams, 68-52.

The first period was a battle that everyone expected as the Rams led 16-14 after eight minutes of play.

Grant led Rockwood with five points in the opening frame.

The second period is when the Rams started to add to their lead. The Tigers did not lay down as they would make runs at the lead, but weren't able to catch up and were down 38-29 going into halftime. 

Jason Gaus had six points in the period for the Tigers.

The third period showed a sign of hope for the Tigers as they cut into the lead. Five Tigers got on the board and this brought the Tigers within 47-40 going into the final period. 

The Rams made shots when they needed to in the final period of play and the Tigers couldn't keep up as they would go on and lose the contest 68-52. 

Rockwood (52) Cooper 6, Gaus 6, Grant 19, Breazeale 2, Miller 6, Tilley 1, Springs 9, Malicoat 2, Neerman 1,