Rockwood dominates Loudon

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By Nick Williams

The Loudon Braves came to town Thursday night to battle the Rockwood Tigers, but did not get the outcome they were looking for.  

Rockwood dominated from the opening tip and continued the trend all night. The Lady Tigers dominated the boards, coming away with the 42-23 win, and the Tigers played physical Basketball, cruising to a 44-10 victory.

Rockwood hits the floor again on Tuesday when they host Cherokee.

Girls Game

The Lady Tigers won the opening tip and came out strong controlling both sides of the ball, playing good inside-out basketball and pressure defense.  Rockwood blanked the Lady Braves in the first and ended the first quarter leading 8-0.  

The Lady Tigers did not start the second quarter like they wanted with a few quick turnovers and fouls on the defensive end of the ball.  Rockwood’s sloppy played continued throughout the period and led to Loudon’s first point of the game.  Despite the sloppy play, Rockwood took a 15-8 lead into halftime.

The Lady Tigers came out of halftime playing with better ball control and good physical defense. Rockwood’s Lexie Hill and the Lady Tigers came out fast and pushed the lead the entire third quarter.  

Late in the third, Loudon’s head coach was ejected due to some controversial technical fouls.  

The Lady Braves tried to mount a comeback cutting the lead down to eight midway through the fourth, but that was as close as they got. Rockwood finished strong and cruised, winning by a final score of 42-23.

Lexie Hill led the way for Rockwood with 16 points and nine rebounds while Megan Monday was next in line with seven points. Zoie Hill pulled down 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers.

Rockwood (42) L. Hill 16, Evans 6, Monday 7, Z. Hill 2, Golliher 6, Ferrell 3, Thompson 1, Tilley 1.

Boys Game

Rockwood won the opening tip and used their posts, Ryan McCain and Josh Neerman, rolling off an 11-2 run to start the first quarter.  The Braves settled down and played better defense the rest of the quarter and went in to the second period down 15-3.  

The second quarter was all Rockwood as they dominated and put an impressive 12-1 run together.  The Tigers entered halftime leading 28-4.  

Opening the third quarter, Rockwood continued the trend and really pushed the tempo with a quick 11-0 run while getting some good minutes from their bench players.  

Rockwood finished the game winning by a final of 44-10.

McCain led Rockwood on the night with 10 points and seven rebounds. Jackson Hicks was next in line with eight points.

 Rockwood (44) McCain 10, Neerman 5, Nuckols 4, Campbell 2, Hicks 8, Gaus 2, Price 2, Melton 3, Bazel 4, Treadway 4, Albertson 2.