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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Strong second halves were the difference Tuesday night as both the Oakdale Lady Eagles and Rockwood Tigers pulled away in the final 16 minutes of play to split a pair of non-district games played at Oakdale.
The girls game would see the Lady Eagles outscore Rockwood 24-12 in the second half on their way to a 41-26 victory while the Tigers used a 28-8 advantage in the final two periods to cruise to a 57-34 victory.
Rockwood is off the rest of this week and will host Kingston on Monday.
Rockwood played well in the first period as the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Eagles 12-11, but Rockwood struggled offensively the rest of the game as Oakdale slowly pulled away.
Rockwood’s struggles began in the second quarter as Oakdale won the period 6-2 to take a 17-14 lead into the locker room at intermission.
Rockwood’s Alison Breazeale opened the second half with a basket to cut Oakdale’s lead to 17-16, but the Lady Tigers would get no closer. Oakdale closed the period on a 10-2 run to take a 27-18 lead into the final period of play.
Rockwood opened the final period with a three-pointer from Reanna Henderson to pull within 27-21, but Oakdale responded with a 13-2 run that put the game away.
Oakdale’s Korin Pease led the Lady Eagles on the night with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Freshman Marissa Redmon was next in line for Fred Snow’s squad with eight points and six rebounds.
Breazeale and Henderson led Rockwood with six points each. Breazeale also had six rebounds while Kaylah Powell had three steals.
Rockwood (26) Henderson 6, Breazeale 6, Powell 2, Evans 2, E. Mead 3, Grant 2, K. Mead 2, Mayton 3.
Oakdale (41) Snow 7, Pease 17, Kilby 5, Redmon 8, McGill 2, Gibson 2.
Whatever followed “dad-gum-it” during Tiger head coach Paul Kamikawa’s halftime speech must have worked Tuesday night as Rockwood put on a defensive clinic in the final two periods on their way to a 57-34 victory over the Eagles.
Early on it appeared as though the Tigers wouldn’t need to worry about the second half as Jeromy Hagermaker scored eight points in the first five minutes of play to lead Rockwood to a 14-4 lead.
Oakdale, however, closed the period with a 7-2 run of their own to pull within 16-11 after eight minutes of play.
Oakdale continued to play well in the second period. Alex Human opened the period with a three-pointer and the Eagles would pull to within one point on two occasions in the period following baskets from Human and Clint Foster.
Rockwood, however, got three baskets from Garrett Raby in the period, including a late lane drive that gave the Tigers a 29-26 lead at halftime.
Rockwood’s defense was the story in the third period. Oakdale mustered just one basket in the period on a Josh Kilby offensive rebound while Raby scored five more points in leading the Tigers to a 38-28 lead after three periods of play.
Rockwood opened the final period with baskets from matt Roberts, Kramer Gunter and Hagermaker to make the score 44-28 with 4:05 left to play, but Oakdale did show some fight as Foster, Dylan Chapman and Wyatt Gibson combined for six straight points as the Eagles closed to with 10 at 44-34 with 2:40 left to play.
Rockwood, however, closed the game by making 13 of 16 free throws while holding the Eagles scoreless down the stretch.
Raby (15 points, 5 assists, 5 steals), Hagermaker (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Tyler Parsons (10 points, 3 steals) all scored in double figures while Human (9 points) and Kilby (8 points, 9 rebounds) led the way for Oakdale.
Rockwood (57) Raby 15, Parsons 10, Roberts 6, Gunter 4, Brock 2, Hagermaker 12, Inman 3, Dyer 2, Bear 1, Morgan 2.
Oakdale (34) Currier 3, Kilby 8, Chapman 4, Foster 5, Human 9, Gibson 5.