Butler County Times Gazette
  • Lady Rockets finish off Orioles

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  • Three quarters of Friday night's game between Augusta's and Rose Hill's basketball teams were closely contested.
    The fourth quarter was not as the Rockets shut down the Orioles with the help of several steals. Rose Hill held Augusta to five fourth-quarter points on way to a 51-35 victory.
    It's Rose Hill's second win of the season. Augusta remains with just one win on the year.
    Rose Hill made the early surge behind a 3-pointer by senior Kate Shields for a 7-0 lead. Augusta pulled within one point at the end of the first on a transition pass from Kylie Wesbrooks to Bailey Reichardt.
    Rose Hill jumped ahead 18-11 in the second quarter, but Augusta cut it to 20-17 at halftime.
    In the third quarter, the Orioles managed a one-point lead after Abby Tipton scored a basket on a high-low pass from Hope Travaille. Maddy Leedom later gave Augusta a 26-25 lead with a 3-pointer, one of two she had on the night, something coach Tracy Anderson liked seeing.
    But Rose Hill's Kynnedy Myers hit a runner in the lane, and Kayna Simoneau converted a careless Oriole turnover into a layup to give Rose Hill a 31-26 lead.
    Wesbrooks scored off her own steal to pull Augusta within one at 31-30 to close the third quarter.
    The fourth quarter was the Orioles' demise. Augusta committed 11 turnovers, five of which were steals by Rose Hill defenders jumping passing lanes in the paint. Augusta didn't score until there was 2:09 remaining in the game.
    "We were just so careless offensively and gave them easy buckets, and that was the game," Anderson said.
    Simoneau got several steals that led to transition baskets. She led the Rockets with 15 points. Myers scored 13 and Paige Decker scored 10 to balance out the Rockets' scoring, especially when they were without a couple starters, including Autumn Lipscomb, one of their top players who will play college basketball next year.
    "I thought we all contributed, really stepped up," Rose Hill coach Jenny Page said. "I don't think anybody played a bad game. That's probably the first time that's happened all season."
    Carly Sears led Augusta with seven points. Leedom scored six, Casady Marlnee scored five, Bre Burkett and Wesbrooks finished with four apiece, Tipton had three, Travaille, Brooke Eberhardt and Reichardt all finished with two points.
    -The freshmen team lost 47-33. Kaylee Guilliams had a team-high 12 points. Alexis Bowen had seven. Taylor Hinnenkamp had six, Katie Cox had four. Caitlyn Divine and Taylor Patterson had two apiece.
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