RMS sweeps Wartburg

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By Goose Lindsay

In between last week’s snow flakes, the Rockwood Middle School Tigers travelled to Wartburg and swept the Bulldogs.

The Lady Tigers opened the evening with a narrow 33-28 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

The final game of the evening was no contest as Rockwood rolled to a 34-11 victory.

Rockwood will remain on the road this week with games at Cherokee on Monday, Spring City on Tuesday, and Harriman on Thursday.

Girls Game

The temperature was cold outside Thursday night and that’s just how the Lady Tigers started as Wartburg raced out to a 10-5 lead after one period of play.

The second period, however, would see the Lady Tigers heat up. Rockwood outscored Wartburg 11-4 in the frame to take a 16-14 lead at halftime.

Baylee Young led the way for Rockwood in the first half with six points while Kelsey Underhile and Israel Summerall scored four points each.

Young and the Lady Tigers had a big third period. Young scored five points in the frame and the Lady Tigers held Wartburg to just two points in taking a 24-16 lead into the final period of play.

Wartburg made a couple of runs at the Lady Tigers in the final period, but they could never pull even as Rockwood held on for the five-point victory.

Young led all scorers on the night as she ended the evening with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Summerall pitched in eight points for the Lady Tigers.

Victoria Hamby led the way for Wartburg with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Rockwood (33) Hill 3, Young 16, Summerall 8, Underhile 4, Evans 2.

Boys Game

Like has been the case for much of the season, Bryan Powers’ squad wasn’t challenged Thursday as they cruised to a 23-point victory.

The Tigers put the game away early as they raced out to a 15-0 lead after six minutes of play.

Jared Neerman and Drake Long led the way for Rockwood with four points each in the opening period. 

The second quarter was more of the same as the Tigers scored the first 12 points of the frame to make the score at one point 27-0. Wartburg did score the final two baskets of the half to make the score 27-4 at intermission.

Rockwood took their foot off the gas in the second half as both teams scored just seven points in the final two periods of play.

Jared Neerman paced the Tigers with eight points, six rebounds and four steals. Drake Long (6 points, 3 steals) and Case Miller (4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals) also put up solid numbers in the win.

Rockwood (33) Long 6, Hicks 5, Turner 4, Miller 4, Jared Neerman 8, Warner 4, Josh Neerman 1, Mayton 2.