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By JON LEFFEW
The Rockwood High School basketball teams kicked off Roane County’s portion of the Harriman Christmas Classic on Thursday, squaring off against Unaka.
Both teams were looking to build momentum for their upcoming district schedules in the holiday tournament.
However, on Thursday, only one Rockwood team came away with a victory.
In girls’ action, the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter. But the team went through a turnover-plagued scoring drought before eventually losing 46-28.
The boys’ game looked a lot like the girls’ on the scoreboard, but Rockwood came out on top. Thanks in part to a stifling half-court trap and a huge first half, the Tigers won, 54-41.
Both teams came out cold to begin this contest, but the Lady Tigers eventually built an 8-3 advantage with less than a minute remaining in the first.
Despite scoring these 8 points rather quickly, the Lady Tigers managed only 9 points through the next two quarters.
After their slow start, the Lady Rangers exploded in the second, eventually building a 26-13 lead at the half.
Grace Harris, who scored 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds, led Rockwood in the first half.
Both teams scored only 4 points in
the third quarter, but the Lady Rangers scor-ed the first 6 points in the fourth on their
way to a 16-11 advantage in the quar-
After facing a 22-point deficit at one time, the Lady Tigers went on a 9-6 run to end the game and the scoring at 46-28.
Harris finished the contest with 4 points, while Kiley Gunter led Rockwood with 6 points and 4 rebounds.
Emily Mead added 4 points and 2 steals, while Kaylah Powell added 4 points and 3 assists.
Kayla Winters (17 points) and Brittney Scott (14 points) led the Lady Rangers.
Rockwood (28) Gunter 6, Powell 4, Mead 4, Harris 4, Beaty 3, Henderson 2, Breazeale 2, Hackler 2, Roberts 1.
Paul Kamikawa’s Tigers started this contest out on a roll, then kept it going for three quarters.
After three, the team had built a 52-35 advantage. But both teams combined for only 8 fourth-quarter points, and the final was 54-41 Rock-wood.
Zach Breazeale and Simon Moriarty led the way for the Tigers throughout the contest.
The duo combined for 25 points, 18 of which came in the first half.
Moriarty got things going in the first, scoring 4 of Rockwood’s 19 points.
Six other Tigers scored in the period, and the team led 19-8 at the end of one.
Rockwood built their lead to 18 (37-19) at the half, as Breazeale buried two threes to lead the Tigers in the second.
Tyler Parsons provided an offensive spark for Rockwood in the second, as the junior buried a 3-pointer and tallied three assists in the quarter.
The third was much of the same, with six different Tigers combining for 15 points.
In the second half, the Rangers actually outscored the Tigers by 5 (22-17), but the first half proved to be the difference.
Moriarty finished the contest with 13 points and a game-high 6 rebounds.
Breazeale added 12 points, 5 rebounds, and a game-high 6 assists.
Josh Brock (7 points, 4 rebounds) and Parsons (6 points) rounded out the high scorers for Rockwood.
Rockwood (54) Moriarty 13, Breazeale 12, Brock 7, Parsons 6, Raby 5, Harris 5, Gunter 2, Roberts 2, Ledford 2.