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Hornets sting Bulldogs: Rossville beats CC 64-34

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:05 pm

Hornets sting Bulldogs: Rossville beats CC 64-34 BY ANTHONY VENCE

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Hornets earned their first conference win in two years after defeating the Clinton Central Bulldogs 64-34 Thursday night.

The Bulldogs played strong defense in the opening quarter while the Hornets had several early scoring opportunities just miss.

Clinton Central junior guard Victoria Wyrick grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, which gave the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead in the first quarter. The Bulldogs held an 8-point advantage until Rossville junior wing Taylor Zink hit a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Zink finished the game with eight points for the Hornets while Wyrick netted six points for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs looked strong after one quarter and held an 11-6 lead.

The two teams played a back-and-forth second quarter, which included five lead changes.

Rossville senior forward Breanna Wainscott’s 3-pointer tied the game at 13 with 5:45 left in the second quarter. Clinton Central quickly answered as senior guard Caitlyn Bradley hit her own 3-pointer seconds later to put the Bulldogs back on top.

Bradley had a team-high 14 points for the Bulldogs while Wainscott went two for four behind the arc for six points.

Rossville outscored Clinton Central 22-9 in the second quarter to take a 28-20 lead going into halftime.

“We made some adjustments from Tuesday night’s game to free up our bigs,” said Mike Gick, Rossville head coach. “I thought they did a nice job after one practice of implementing the adjustments we made; 22 points in the second quarter was really big, but that came from running the offense, getting some looks and also amping up the defense a little bit.”

The Hornets extended their lead to 15 points after the third quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 22-7 in the final quarter.

Rossville completed a three-game homestand with the win against Clinton Central, which included playing three games in one week. Gick said his team’s depth played an important role during that stretch of games and during the win again Clinton Central.

“When you can limit girls to 22-23 minutes instead of 32 it keeps you fresher when you’re going through all of these games,” he said. “It’s no secret; I do play a lot of girls off the bench. We show we trust them and a lot of times the girls really respond.”

On the contrary, Clinton Central head coach Alicia Robinson said her team’s lack of depth may have been one of the causes for the loss. The Bulldogs dress nine players for varsity and don’t have a junior varsity team like several other teams (including Rossville).

 “In the second quarter we were starting to get tired, and when we get tired bad habits start to show,” she said. “Their depth really bothered us. They brought in a lot of fresh legs where we don’t have that luxury.”

Gick said sophomore guard Mallory Roberts had one of the standout performances by the Hornets. She finished the game with six points, seven boards and four assists.

“I thought Mallory Roberts played the best game she’s played in her career,” he said. “I thought she just really came to play.”

Gick also mentioned the strong play from his two centers (sophomore Keely Criswell and freshman Julia Malson). Criswell led the team in points (18), rebounds (10) and steals (3) while Malson contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and a team-high four steals.

With the win, Rossville improved to 4-5 (1-1 conference) on the season while Clinton Central dropped to 2-7 (0-2).