Rockwood picks up road split

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By Goose Lindsay

The Rockwood Tigers and Oakdale Lady Eagles used a similar path to victory Tuesday night as both survived a low scoring first half before picking up the pace offensively in the second half on their way to easy victories.
The Lady Eagles took the floor first and picked up a 41-21 victory and that was followed by Rockwood’s boys knocking off the home team, 74-42.
Both teams return to action Friday night. Rockwood travels to Tellico Plains for a District 3-A contest while Oakdale hosts Wartburg in a District 4-A battle.
Girls Game
The first half of Tuesday’s contest was a defensive battle as the teams combined for just 21 points in the first 16 minutes of play.
Oakdale scored the first six points of Tuesday’s game while Rockwood went scoreless for nearly seven minutes before Chelsea Cheek buried a three-pointer to make the score 6-3 with 1:09 left in the first period. The teams went on to score six points each in the second quarter as Oakdale led 12-9 at halftime.
Cheek and Oakdale’s Sierra Snow were high-point scorers in the first half with five points each.
The third period turned into the Katie Schubert show as the Lady Eagle guard buried four three-pointers in the frame to lead Oakdale to a 30-12 lead with eight minutes left to play.
Oakdale added two points to their lead in the final period to put the finishing touches on the 20-point victory.
Schubert led Oakdale on the night with 14 points and four steals while Snow added 11 points. Baley Pease didn’t reach double figures, but she did pull down 14 rebounds and dish out seven assists for the Lady Eagles on the evening.
Cheek paced Rockwood with 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
Rockwood (21) Cheek 12, Lee 4, Cates 3, Brackett 2.
Oakdale (41) Snow 11, Monkhouse 5, Pease 6, Hill 5, Schubert 14.
Boys Game
Oakdale entered Tuesday’s game winless in 16 games this season while the Tigers were 10-2 overall and riding a seven-game winning streak.
For a half, however, Tiger fans were a little anxious as Rockwood led just 21-19 at halftime. The second half was a different story as Rockwood picked up the pace and cruised to a 32-point victory.
In the first half, Rockwood led 10-8 after one period of play before both teams scored 11 points in the second period, making the score 21-19 at intermission.
Eight different players scored for Rockwood in the first half with Jay Tilley’s six points leading the way. Matt Abernathy (6 points) and Michael Lindsay (5 points) led the way for Oakdale.
Rockwood, however, dominated the third period. The Tigers forced nine turnovers in the frame and allowed only one field goal. Offensively, Hunter Grant scored seven points and Jared Breazeale added six as the Tigers outscored the Eagles 27-2 to take a commanding 48-21 lead into the final period of play.
Rockwood added five points to their lead in the final period, making the final score 74-42.
Twelve Tigers scored on the night with Breazeale (14 points), Tilley (14 points) and Colyer Hicks (10 points) reaching double figures.
Abernathy buried five three-pointers and scored 15 points for Oakdale while Jonah DeVaney added seven points and 12 rebounds.
Rockwood (74) Hicks 10, Grant 9, Clem 3, Breazeale 14, Tilley 14, Freels 2, Springs 4, Neerman 7, Turner 2, Long 2, Cooper 3, Malicoat 4.
Oakdale (42) Steinmetz 4, Abernathy 15, Lindsay 5, DeVaney 7, Miller 4, Everett 1, Moore 6.