RMS opens basketball season

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The 2012 basketball season tipped off earlier this week as the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers played games in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament at Oakdale.

Both teams played Monday and picked up wins. Jeff Allen’s Lady Tigers opened their season with a 31-22 victory over Coalfield while Bryan Powers’ two-time defending East Tennessee Class AA champions rolled past Petros-Joyner, 60-9. Tuesday would see the Lady Tigers take the floor again, but the results weren’t the same as York knocked off Rockwood, 43-18.

Tournament play continues next week as Rockwood’s boys will play York Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game. The Lady Tigers will play Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the consolation game.

Girls Games

Rockwood vs. Coalfield

Behind solid defense and strong play on the boards, the Lady Tigers grabbed an early lead and cruised to a nine-point victory over the Lady Jackets.

The first period was a bit of a feeling out process as Rockwood led 6-2 after six minutes of play. There was a bit more scoring in the second period as Rockwood won the frame, 7-6, to take a 13-8 lead at halftime. 

Lexie Hill led the Lady Tigers in the first half with six points.

Rockwood pulled away a bit in the third period by outscoring Coalfield 10-6 in the frame to take a 24-14 lead into the final period. 

Zoie Hill had a big thirdperiod for Rockwood with five points.

The final period was pretty much a draw with Coalfield winning the period by one point to make the final score 31-22.

Lexie Hill scored four points in the final period and ended the night with a game-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Zoie Hill was next in line with seven points and 17 rebounds while Tatum Golliher chipped in six points and three steals.

Kaylea Foster led Coalfield with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

Rockwood (31) Monday 2, Tilley 3, L. Hill 12, Z. Hill 7, Golliher 6, Legg 1.

Rockwood vs. York

A tenacious press and great passing were the keys to victory as York rolled past Rockwood, 43-19.

Rockwood did grab an early 5-4 lead, but the Lady Dragons answered with a 14-0 run and led 20-7 by the end of the period. 

The Lady Tigers never recovered from that early run as York added to their lead in every period until settling for the 24-point margin of victory.

Megan Monday led Rockwood in defeat with five points with Lexie Hill and Cassidy Tilley scoring four each. Zoie Hill pulled down six rebounds for Rockwood.

Hannah Garrett paced the Lady Dragons with eight points and seven rebounds.

Rockwood (19) L. Hill 4, Z. Hill 2, Monday 5, Tilley 4, Metcalfe 1, Golliher 3.

Boys Game

Rockwood scored the first 28 points of Monday’s game and didn’t let up much after that on their way to a 51-point victory.

Rockwood’s scoring was balanced on the night as 11 players scored. 

Tahj Bazel led the barrage with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Ryan McCain also scored in double digits with 10 points while Zander Price was next in line with eight points.

Dalton Vann paced the Patriots with six points.

 Rockwood (60) Neerman 4, Melton 5, Campbell 4, Nuckols 2, Gaus 2, McCain 10, Hicks 4, Bazel 12, Treadway 5, Price 8, Nelson 4.