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Paul Kamikawa’s Rockwood Tigers kept its hopes of a District 3-A regular season title alive with a 48-45 victory at Tellico Plains Tuesday night.
Rockwood is currently third overall in district play, trailing both Grace Christian and Meigs County, and will need help if they are to win the regular season title. The Tigers have already dropped a pair of games to Meigs County and take on Grace Christian at home Friday for the first of two meetings in January.
Rockwood controlled much of Tuesday’s game against the Bears, but they could never put the game away.
In the first quarter, Rockwood didn’t allow a field goal in jumping out to an 11-4 lead.
Malcolm Springs had a big first quarter for the Tigers with nine points.
Rockwood allowed only two field goals in the second quarter, but the Bears were able to stay close at the charity stripe. Tellico Plains hit nine free tosses in the second period as Rockwood took a 27-17 lead at halftime.
Hunter Grant (6 points) and Jordan Breazeale (5 points) led the way for the Tigers in the second period.
Rockwood struggled from the floor offensively in the third period and Tellico Plains took advantage. Colton Carter hit two three-pointers and scored nine points in the frame as the Bears pulled within four points at 35-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Grant scored six of Rockwood’s eight points in the third period.
Things remained tight down the stretch, but Rockwood used three buckets from Jay Tilley to hold on for the 48-45 victory.
Springs led Rockwood on the night with 14 points and 13 rebounds while Grant added 14 points.
Carter (18 points) and Devin Collier (10 points) paced the Bears.
Rockwood (48) Grant 14, Breazeale 7, Malicoat 4, Miller 1, Neerman 2, Tilley 6, Springs 14.
The first game of the evening would see the Lady Tigers give Tellico Plains a battle, but in the end it would be the Bears picking up a 54-45 victory.
Tellico Plains came out hot from downtown in the opening period. Brittany Kirkland drained two three-pointers and Valerie Cheek added a third as the Lady Bears raced out to an 18-13 lead after eight minutes of play.
Chelsea Cheek led Rockwood in the first period with five points while Carson Evans and Dara Cates added four each.
Rockwood scored 13 more points in the second period, but this time the Lady Bears scored just eight to leave the two teams knotted at halftime, 26-26.
Becca Farmer (6 points) and Cheek (5 points) scored 11 of Rockwood’s 13 points in the quarter.
The momentum swung back in Tellico Plains’ corner in the third period. The Lady Bears won the period 11-8 to take a 37-34 lead into the final period of play.
Rockwood stayed close in the final period with six points from McKenzie Lee, but they couldn’t make a run down the stretch as Tellico Plains pulled away for a nine-point victory.
Cheek and Cates led Rockwood on the night with 10 points each while Jasmine Harris (14 points), Cheek (12 points) and Kirkland (11 points) scored in double figures for Tellico Plains.
Rockwood falls to 2-4 in district play with the loss while Tellico Plains is 7-1.
Rockwood (45) Napier 4, Cheek 10, Evans 4, Cates 10, Lee 8, Farmer 8, Freels 1.