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Strong second half sparks Redwomen

Rock Hill Redwomen’s Kelsey Blagg (5) looks to drive the baseline against a New Boston defender. Rock Hill beat New Boston 52-25 on Wednesday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

PEDRO — The cold weather must have had an effect on the Rock Hill Redwomen. They had to wait until their engine warmed up before they took off.

After a cold first half, the Redwomen outscored New Boston 29-7 in the second half and beat the Lady Tigers 52-25 on Wednesday.

“The third quarter was definitely the difference,” said Rock Hill coach Greg Damron. “We were sluggish as first. We had a good second half. We made a couple of adjustments and played solid in the second half.”

Brook Knipp scored a game-high 16 points to lead Rock Hill (6-7). Lindy Simpson had 9 points — all on 3-pointers — and Kaci Russell had 8 points and 4 steals. Madison Damron dished out 6 assists.

Sami Dillon had 8 points — all in the fourth quarter — and led the Redwomen with 10 rebounds.

Kiersten McGraw scored 12 points for New Boston (1-12).

The Lady Tigers led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Knipp scored 8 points and Simpson hit a pair of treys as Rock Hill rallied to take a 23-18 lead at the half.

Knipp and Russell scored 6 points each in the third quarter and the defense held New Boston to just two points as Rock Hill opened up a 40-20 lead.

Coach Damron emptied his bench in the fourth quarter.

Rock Hill visits South Point on Thursday in a league game.

New Boston 7 11 2 5 = 25

Rock Hill 6 17 17 12 = 52

NEW BOSTON (1-12): Courtney McGahan 1 0 1-2 3, Emil Waugh 1 0 0-0 2, Katie Meehan 0 0 0-2 0, Ciji Thompson 0 0 1-2 1, Kiersten McGraw 3 1 3-4 12, Eden Howard 1 1 0-2 5, Kayla Cannon 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 7 2 5-12 25. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.

ROCK HILL (6-7): Brook Knipp 8 0 0-1 16, Katie Johnson 3 0 0-0 6, Lindy Simpson 0 3 0-0 9, Kaci Russell 3 0 2-2 8, Madison Damron 2 0 0-0 4, Kelsey Blagg 0 0 1-2 1, Tommi Butler 0 0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Massie 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Travis 0 0 0-0 0, Sami Dillon 3 0 2-2 8, Sabrina Henderson 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 3 5-7 52. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: None.