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The Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers had a good trip to Harriman Tuesday night as both picked up victories over the Blue Devils.
The first game of the evening was tight throughout, but the Lady Tigers used a pair of free throws from Camryn Evans with 35.4 seconds remaining to pull out a 20-19 victory.
The final game of the evening wasn’t as close as Rockwood ran their season record to 10-0 with a 56-41 victory.
Points were hard to come by Tuesday as neither team led by more than four points in what was a seesaw affair all evening.
The first two periods of the game saw very little scoring as the teams traded points and were tied at 4-4 after one period and 8-8 at halftime.
The third period would see Rockwood score the first four points of the period to grab a 12-8 lead, but the Lady Devils scored the final four points of the frame to pull even again at 12-12 heading into the fourth quarter.
Things remained tight in the fourth period with neither team leading by more than two points.
Harriman’s Christina Pack hit the game’s only three-pointer with 4:29 remaining to give the Lady Devils a 15-13 lead, but Rockwood tied the game again 13 seconds later after Camryn Evans hit a pair of free throws.
The score was still tied at 17 when Harriman’s Asia Bazel scored from in close with 1:29 left to give the Lady Devils a two-point lead, but Rockwood’s Cassidy Tilley hit one free throw with 1:17 left then Evans hit the biggest two of the game with 35.4 seconds left to give the Lady Tigers the lead at 20-19.
Harriman had a chance to tie the game with 4.1 seconds left, but they missed the front end of a one-and-one as Rockwood held on for the win.
Evans led Rockwood on the night with 11 points and five rebounds while Tilley pulled down seven rebounds.
Mari-Claire Crass led Harriman with six points and seven rebounds.
Rockwood (20) Tilley 3, Legg 4, Evans 11, Metcalfe 2.
Harriman (19) Pack 5, Crass 6, Bazel 2, Breeden 2, Gresham 4.
Balance has been the key for Rockwood this year, and a balanced attack was the difference again on Tuesday as six players scored between 6-12 points in Rockwood’s 56-41 victory over the Blue Devils.
Harriman scored first on Tuesday, but Rockwood answered with an 11-2 run and eventually led 14-6 after Jackson Hicks buried a deep three-pointer to end the opening period.
Zander Price led five Tigers in scoring in the frame with five points.
Harriman hung tough in the second quarter and pulled to within 21-17 late in the period. Hicks, however, hit another big three-pointer as Rockwood ended the half on a 7-0 run to take a 28-17 lead at halftime.
Hicks led all scorers in the half with eight points. Nate Arrowood scored six points to lead the Blue Devils.
The third period was a period of runs, but by the time the frame had ended, the Tigers had pulled out to an 18-point lead.
Rockwood opened the period with a 9-2 run to take a 37-19 lead, but Harriman answered with eight straight points to pull within 10 points at 37-27. Rockwood, however, scored 12 of the final 16 points in the period to take a 49-31 lead into the final period.
Trey Treadway led Rockwood in the period with five points, but the biggest shot of the stanza came when Price buried a half-court shot at the buzzer.
Eli Duncan (8 points) and Arrowood (6 points) combined for all of Harriman’s points in the third quarter.
Harriman opened the final period with a 6-1 run to make the score 50-37, but the Blue Devils would get no closer as Rockwood went on to the 15-point victory.
Hicks (12 points, 8 assists, 5 blocks), Tajh Bazel (11 points, 7 steals) and Ryan McCain (10 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists) scored in double figures for Rockwood on the night while Duncan (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Arrowood (14 points, 15 rebounds) led the way for Harriman.
Rockwood (56) McCain 10, Hicks 12, Robbins 6, Bazel 11, Treadway 7, Price 8, Gallaher 2.
Harriman (41) Anderson 3, Jenkins 2, Duncan 19, Arrowood 14, Moore 1, Cocka 2.