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A great season came to a heartbreaking end for the Rockwood Lady Tigers as Jeff Allen’s squad dropped a 41-40 decision Monday evening against Grace Christian Academy in the quarterfinal round of the TMSAA East Tennessee AA Sectional at Pigeon Forge Middle School.
The tournament got off to a great start for the Lady Tigers on Saturday when they beat Holston, 42-30.
The Lady Tigers opened sectional play Saturday with an impressive 42-30 victory over Holston Middle. The Lady Tigers led by double digits for most of the contest as they advanced to Monday’s quarterfinals and a match-up with Area 2-AA champion Grace Christian Academy.
About the only part of the game that didn’t go Rockwood’s way was the first minute as Holston scored the game’s first four points.
Rockwood, however, dominated the remainder of the period and took a 9-4 lead into the second quarter. Defense and rebounding keyed the Lady Tigers early success as they out-rebounded the Lady Eagles 10-5 in the frame. They also came up with five steals.
Kaley Legg paced Rockwood’s offense with five points.
Rockwood’s pressure defense continued to be the story in the second period. The Lady Tigers came away with 10 steals in the frame and outscored the Lady Eagles 12-6 to take a 21-10 lead at halftime.
The duo of Cassidy Tilley (6 points) and Camryn Evans (4 points) combined for 10 of Rockwood’s 12 points in the frame.
Rockwood continued to pour it on in the early stages of the third period. By the three-minute mark of the frame, the Lady Tigers had built a 27-10 lead. The lead stood at 29-12 when Holston put together a bit of a run to pull within 29-18 at the end of the period.
Holston couldn’t sustain the run in the final period. The Lady Tigers pushed the lead to 35-22 before settling for the 42-30 victory.
Rockwood’s defense came up with 24 steals on the day with Olivia Metcalfe (8 steals) and Legg (5 steals) being the two biggest thieves.
Tilley (13 points, 11 rebounds), Bowling (10 points, 5 rebounds) and Evans (8 points, 5 assists, 4 steals) led the Lady Tigers in scoring.
Holston’s Bethany Weltry scored a game-high 14 points.
Rockwood (42) Bowling 10, Evans 8, Tilley 13, Legg 5, Metcalfe 4, Hicks 2.
Rockwood ran out of time during Monday’s 41-40 loss against the Lady Rams.
The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before staging a furious rally that came up just short.
Rockwood’s Bowling scored first on Monday, but the Lady Rams ended the opening period on a 9-1 run to take a 9-3 lead into the second quarter.
Rockwood closed to within 11-8 early in the second period, but Grace Christian ended the half with a 10-2 run to take a 21-10 lead at intermission.
The Lady Rams scored the first four points of the third period to push their lead to 25-10, but Rockwood didn’t quit. The Lady Tigers scored the final five points of the fame to go into the fourth quarter trailing 25-15.
Rockwood had trouble scoring through three quarters Monday, but they had no trouble in the final period of play. Bowling scored 10 points, Legg eight and Evans seven, but in the end the Rams were able to hang on for the 41-40 victory.
Bowling led Rockwood on the night with 15 points. Evans (11 points) and Legg (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Lady Tigers.
Rockwood (40) Bowling 15, Tilley 4, Legg 10, Evans 11.