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Lady Tigers Finish Strong To Earn Win Over Blue Ridge - Rosman, NC

 

December 4, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Ashlyn Dodson

In a back-and-forth contest that came down to the wire, the Rosman Lady Tigers outscored Blue Ridge by 10 points over the final four minutes to earn a 71-65 win in their season opener Friday night.

Gracy Briggs finished with a team-high 30 points and knocked down some huge shots for the Lady Tigers down the stretch.

The game was tight from start to finish, with Rosman holding an 18-14 lead after the opening quarter.

Freshman Maggi Galloway helped keep the four-point lead following a steal and layup, as the Bobcats called a timeout.

Blue Ridge knocked down a three moments later to cut the lead to 21-19, but Briggs responded with a three of her own to get the lead back to four with four minutes to go in the half.

Christa Galloway hit a bucket from the baseline to hold the four-point lead, but the Bobcats came back to tie things up at 27.

Another basket from Briggs gave Rosman a two-point lead.

However, Blue Ridge rallied again, scoring five straight points, capped off by a trey from the corner to retake the lead.

Ashlyn Dodson cut the lead to one following a pair of free throws, but Blue Ridge managed to hold onto a four-point lead, 35-31, as the teams entered the locker room.

The Tigers shifted to full-court pressure coming out of the break and reaped the benefits as Dodson knocked down three free throws to get to game within one point.

Moments later, Briggs nailed a three-pointer to put Rosman up by two.

Dodson was fouled on a fast-break opportunity and knocked down both shots as the Lady Tigers opened up the second half on an 8-0 run.

The Bobcats responded with a three-pointer on their end, but Briggs knocked down a short jumper from the baseline to keep Rosman in front.

The full-court pressure yielded another quick turnover, which led to three points from Briggs and give the Lady Tigers a 44-38 lead with just over 2:00 left in the third quarter.

Maggi Galloway knock-ed down a shot off a long outlet pass from Alicia Guinn on Rosman's next possession as they opened up an eight-point lead.

However, Blue Ridge closed out the final minutes on a 8-2 run that gave them a 48-46 lead entering the quarter.

The Lady Tigers came back to tie things up at 50 following buckets from Christa and Maggi Galloway with 6:30 to go in the game.

Several free throws allowed the Bobcats to get back in front 53-50, but Maggi Galloway answered with a three-pointer to tie things up again with 4:40 to play.

Blue Ridge went to the free throw line again, knocking down the first and collecting an offensive rebound that turned into a layup to move ahead by three once again on their next possession.

The Bobcats held a four-point lead at the four-minute mark, but Rosman capitalized on two quick Blue Ridge turnovers with Maggi Galloway scoring two quick points before Briggs put Rosman 58-57 with a big three-pointer.

Blue Ridge moved back in front by one with a bucket on their next possession.

But Briggs kept her hot hand, knocking down another trey from the same spot to put Rosman ahead 61-59 with 3:30 to play.

The Tigers' defensive pressure forced another turnover and Dodson converted on a pair of free throws to put Rosman up 63-59 with 3:15 to play.

Blue Ridge kept things close, breaking the press and scoring an easy layup to get within two points as the game wound down under 1:45 to go.

On Rosman's next possession Korinne Hawk knocked down a big shot from the top of the key to maintain the Lady Tigers' four-point advantage.

The Bobcats got things within three, 67-64, with just over a minute left to play, but Briggs delivered again, knocking down another three-pointer from the corner to seal things for the Lady Tigers.

Maggi Galloway added 14 points and Dodson finished with a dozen.

It was the Lady Tigers' first game under new head coach Josh Galloway.

After the game, Galloway said there were some differences between coaching girls and boys that he's had to adjust to, but feels he has the personnel to implement a lot of the same strategies he uses for the boys on the girls' side.

Jeremiah Reed

Gracy Briggs

"We've been practicting for a month and the biggest thing for me has been transitioning to the expectation of speed on the court and what that looks like. But we've got girls that want to play and we've got girls that are pretty good athletes. So we can match a lot of the same things that we do on the boys' side," he said.

Galloway said the game plan was to run a lot of full-court pressure, but early foul trouble limited that ability in the first half.

Over the final two quarters, Galloway said his team settled into that defensive style and converted the Bobcats' turnovers into easy points.

"The second half, I thought we did a good job of being aggressive. This style of play is new, so we're still not jumping on every pass that we need to, but as the season progresses I think we'll get better at playing that style of basketball," he said.

The Lady Tigers host Swain on Tuesday and also host Highlands on Friday.

 
 

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