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Tigers pick up District 3-A sweep

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By Goose Lindsay

 

Rockwood’s basketball teams visited Greenback’s new gymnasium for the first time Tuesday evening and the Tigers and Lady Tigers felt right as home as they took a pair of games from the Cherokees.

In the girls game, Rockwood started a little slow, but eventually found their groove in picking up a 39-26 victory.

Rockwood’s boys finished the sweep with a 13-point victory of their own, 54-41.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers have another set of district games on tonight’s (Friday) schedule as they travel to Grace Christian Academy.

Girls Game

The Lady Tigers scored just five points in the first period, but they picked up steam after that in picking up the 13-point victory.

After the slow first quarter, Rockwood scored 11 points in the second period, giving them 16 at halftime. 

Five Rockwood players scored in the first half with McKenzie Lee and Becca Farmer leading the way with five points each.

Rockwood added 23 points to its total in the second half. The Lady Tigers scored nine points in the third period and 14 in the fourth to put the finishing touches on the 39-26 decision.

Jade Napier scored nine of her team-high 11 points in the second half.

Rockwood (39) Hill 2, Napier 11, Cheek 3, Lee 9, Farmer 7, Freels 7.

Boys Game

Rockwood built a double digit lead at halftime and made it stand in the second half as they ran their season record to 11-6 overall with the 54-41 victory.

The Tigers scored just eight points in the first period, but their defense gave up just in grabbing an 8-4 lead after eight minutes of play.

Malcolm Springs scored six points in the quarter for Rockwood.

Rockwood added six points to its lead in the second quarter. Behind six points from Jay Tilley, the Tigers outscored the Cherokees 13-6 in the frame to take a 21-11 halftime lead.

The low-scoring battle was nowhere to be seen in the third quarter. Both teams found the basket early and often, but when the dust had settled, the Tigers added to their lead in taking a 39-28 advantage into the final period of play.

Jordan Breazeale buried two 3-pointers and scored eight points for Rockwood in the period.

Both teams continued to play well offensively down the stretch, but Greenback could make a run as Rockwood took home the 54-41 victory.

Ten Tigers scored on the night with Springs (13 points) and Breazeale (10 points) scoring in double figures.

Rockwood (54) Grant 4, Cooper 4, Breazeale 10, Malicoat 1, Warner 2, Gaus 8, Miller 4, Neerman 2, Tilley 6, Springs 13.