Tigers split with Bears

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By Brody Jones

For more than three periods, the Rockwood Lady Tigers played well enough to beat the District 3-A leading Tellico Plains Lady Bears, but in the end, eight Tellico Plains three-point shots proved too much to overcome as the Lady Tigers lost a 64-60 squeaker Monday evening. 

Rockwood started the game on a 9-3 surge, but the Lady Bears counteracted that with a 10-3 tilt of their own before the opening period came to a close with the score tied at 16-16. 

Rockwood would take the lead in the second period and go into the locker room leading 27-25. Rockwood led by as many as six points in the third period until a 13-2 stretch to close the third period gave the Lady Bears a 41-36 lead. 

Rockwood managed to tie the game at one point in the final period, but free throws down the stretch would give the Lady Bears the 64-60 win. 

Rockwood had a 38-37 edge on the boards while Tellico Plains had an 8-7 advantage in team steals. Three-pointers, however, was where the Lady Bears had a clear advantage with an 8-4 tilt. 

The Lady Bears were led by Jessi Parson (23 points, 10 boards, 5 three-pointers), Sarah McKinnon (16 points, 10 boards), and Kristian Moses (13 points, 5 boards, 5 assists). Brayden Garron (6 points) and Tori McMinn (6 boards) both played well in the win. 

Rockwood was led by the gun-slinging of Kiley Gunter (23 points), Allison Breazeale (10 points, 8 boards), Jade Napier (9 points, 5 assists), and Reanna Henderson (8 points, 8 boards). 

Rockwood (60) Gunter 23, Breazeale 10, Napier 9, Henderson 8, Grant 4, Bear 3 Grant 2, Monroe 1.

Boys Game

While it may not have been glamorous at times, the Rockwood Tigers managed to hold off the Tellico Plains Bears Monday night. 49-45.

Tellico Plains got out to an 11-4 lead after the first period, but in period number two, the Tigers came roaring to life with a vengeance, going on a 14-5 surge at one stretch to take a 27-22 halftime lead. 

Tellico Plains got the deficit down to 33-30 at the end of the third period, but the Tigers held on down the stretch for the 49-45 win.

Rockwood had a 30-29 edge on the boards, but lost in team steals, 6-4. 

Rockwood was led in the win by Jared Breazeale (17 points, 5 assists, 5 three-pointers), Brendan Kirkland (14 points, 8 boards), and Cleveland Davidson (10 points, 5 boards). 

Josh Boles (5 boards) also played well in the win. 

Tellico Plains was led by Preston Russell (19 points), Tyler Peeler (8 points) and Eric Craft (6 points, 10 boards). 

Justin Holcomb (5 boards) also played well in the loss.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers will host Sunbright Thursday in a non district game.

 Rockwood (49) Breazeale 17, Kirkland 14, Davidson 10, Boles 5, Webster 2, Clem 1.