Tigers split with Wartburg

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By Goose Lindsay

In what could be a preview of the upcoming Region 2-A Tournament, the Rockwood Tigers and Wartburg Bulldogs split a pair of games at Rockwood's Tom W. Evans Gymnasium Friday night.

Rockwood opened the night in style as the Lady Tigers took home a 53-41 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

The Tigers, however, couldn't complete the sweep as Joe Layne's squad downed Rockwood, 62-38.

Girls Game

Rockwood led for much of Friday's contest, but it wasn't until late in the final period that Amy Breazeale's squad felt comfortable with the outcome.

Kiley Gunter started what would be a strong evening with five points in the opening frame for the Lady Tigers. Jade Napier added four as Rockwood led 12-8 after eight minutes of play.

Rockwood also scored 12 points and won the second period as the Lady Tigers took a 24-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Wartburg turned the tables on Rockwood in the third quarter and almost pulled even by the end of the frame. Powered by six points from Madison Laughter, Wartburg outscored Rockwood 13-8 in the frame to pull within 32-31 after three periods of play.

Gunter buried a trey and scored five points in the frame for the Lady Tigers,

Gunter dialed long distance again and scored five more points in the final period and that was enough to help Rockwood pull away. Six different Lady Tigers scored in the period as Rockwood went on to the 12-point victory.

Gunter led Rockwood on the night with 19 points while Napier added nine.

Ashley McPeters buried three three-pointers and scored 13 points to lead Wartburg. Kellie Kidd was next in line with 11 points.

Rockwood (53) Henderson 8, Monroe 3, Napier 9, Breazeale 7, Gunter 19, Mead 2, Grant 5.

Boys Game

Wartburg controlled the tempo Friday night and that allowed the Bulldogs to pick up a big 24-point victory on the road.

Wartburg sophomore sensation Alex Fountain got a to a quick start Friday, scoring eight points in the opening frame. Fountain's hot beginning led the Bulldogs to a 21-16 lead after eight minutes of play.

Cleveland Davidson paced Rockwood with six points.

The scoring pace slowed down in the second period, but most of the scoring was still done by the Bulldogs as Wartburg outscored Rockwood 12-3 in the frame to take a 33-19 lead at intermission.

Fountain had another big quarter scoring in the frame as he scored six points.

Wartburg put the game away in the third period as they outscored the Tigers 19-10 in the frame to take a 52-29 lead with eight minutes left to play.

Both teams played a lot of players in the final period as Wartburg headed back up Highway 27 with the 24-point victory.

Fountain led Wartburg on the night with 18 points while Cody Goodman (15 points) and Zach Shannon (14 points) also scored in double figures.

Davidson (12 points) and Brendan Kirkland (10 points) scored in double figures for Rockwood. 

 Rockwood (38) Davidson 12, Clem 5, Breazeale 5, Kirkland 10, Webster 4, Huffman 2.