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Strong second half leads Tigers past Eagles

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Rockwood Tigers and Oakdale Eagles completed their season series Monday night at Oakdale, and not a lot changed from their meeting earlier this season as the Oakdale girls and Rockwood boys swept the season series.

The Lady Eagles ran their season record to 18-2 Monday night with a 49-20 victory over the Lady Tigers.

Monday’s nightcap game was a tale of two halves as Oakdale led by 11 at halftime, but Rockwood put together a dominant second half in rolling to a 71-49 victory.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers are now off until Monday when they travel to Wartburg.

Girls Game

Oakdale never trailed Monday as Fred Snow’s squad cruised to a 29-point victory.

Oakdale opened Monday’s contest with a 6-2 run thanks to a pair of Natalie McGill three-pointers. Rockwood would tie the score at six, but McGill would drain another three that gave Oakdale the lead for good.

Oakdale’s Nicole Thompson also buried a triple in the period as the Lady Eagles led 13-6 after eight minutes of play.

Allison Breazeale scored four of Oakdale’s six points in the opening period.

The second period also belonged to the Lady Eagles as Oakdale won the period, 12-7, to take a 25-13 lead at halftime.

Lindsey Kilby led the way for Oakdale with five points in the period while Kiley Gunter scored five points for the Lady Tigers.

Any thoughts of a second half comeback by the Lady Tigers ended quickly as Oakdale dominated the third period. Marissa Redmon and Thompson scored four points each for Oakdale in the quarter as the Lady Eagles took a 42-18 lead into the final period of play.

Oakdale added five points to their lead in the final period of play as the Lady Eagles went on to the 49-20 victory.

McGill (12 points) led Oakdale in scoring on the night while Redmon (10 points, 9 rebounds) and Thomspon (10 points, 2 steals) also scored in double figures.

Breazeale led Rockwood on the night in six points.

Rockwood (20) Henderson 3, Napier 4, Breazeale 6, Gunter 5, Freels 2.

Oakdale (49) Kilby 5, A. Snow 6, Redmon 10, Thompson 10, McGill 12, S. Snow 6.

Boys Game

Whatever Rockwood head coach Paul Kamikawa said to his team at halftime of Monday’s game against Oakdale worked as the Tigers erased an 11-point deficit at intermission, and played their best half of basketball of the season in picking up a 71-49 victory over the Eagles.

Rockwood (7-10) started slow and trailed by as many as eight points in the opening frame before a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Cleveland Davidson brought the Tigers to within five, 13-8, after eight minutes of play.

The second period turned into the D.J. Currier show as the talented Oakdale senior scored nine points in the period. Michael Lindsay and Aaron Kilby added five points each in the frame as Oakdale took a 32-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Davidson led Rockwood with eight points in the first half.

Rockwood, however, would shake off the sluggish first half and would almost catch the Eagles by the end of the third period. Brendan Kirkland, Cameron Webster and Riley Clem scored four points each in the frame as Rockwood won the period 16-6 to close to within 38-37 with one period left to play.

Currier scored to open the final period and that gave the Eagles a 40-37 lead, but before the Eagles scored again, the Tigers had a double-digit lead and they were well on their way to victory. Rockwood put up a staggering 34 points in the final frame as they turned what was a close game into a blowout.

Jared Breazeale led the fourth quarter charge with 11 points. Breazeale buried a three-pointer for Rockwood’s first points of the period and he helped close out the Eagles by hitting eight of eight free throws.

Breazeale led Rockwood on the night with 17 points and four assists. Kirkland (13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Davidson (12 points, 3 assists, 3 blocks) and Harold Huffman (12 points, 6 rebounds) also scored in double figures for Rockwood.

Currier led Oakdale with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks while Josh Kilby added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Rockwood (71) Breazeale 17, Kirkland 13, Davidson 12, Webster 5, Clem 7, Huffman 12, Golliher 3, Ewing 2.

 Oakdale (49) J. Kilby 10, Currier 17, Steinmetz 9, Daugherty 3, A. Kilby 5, Lindsay 5.