Red Women use strong defensive effort to blast Lady Golden Rockets – The Tribune

Rock Hill Redwomen guard Hazley Matthews separates two Wellston Golden Lady Rocket players to score two of her 30 points in Saturday’s 80-29 win at the Tri-State Hoops Throwdown. (Photo by Tim Gearhart)

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PROCTORVILLE — The Rock Hill Redwomen scored 80 points on the scoreboard, but coach Eric Bailey was more impressed on defense.

The Redwomen crushed the Wellston Lady Golden Rockets 80-29 in Saturday’s Tri-State Hoops Throwdown as Rock Hill gave up just one field goal each in the third and fourth quarters.

“We played well and shot well offensively, but I was impressed that we were able to stay focused and stop them with our defense in the second half,” Rock Hill coach Eric Bailey said.

“Any time you hold a team to four points in a half, you play well defensively.”

Regardless of the defensive effort, the offense was at its best this season led by Hazley Matthews who scored 30 points to go along with 4 assists and 5 steals.

Emma Harper scored 17 points in her first college start, Hope Easterlng had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks, Hadyn Bailey had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals while J’lynn Risner had 15 rebounds.

Jenna Johnston scored 8 for Wellston (3-9).

Easterling scored 9 points, Matthews hit a 3-pointer and went 4-for-4 down the line and Bailey drained a trifecta with half of his 6 points in the quarter as Rock Hill took a 22-16 lead.

Johnson and Maddie Potts combined for 11 of Wellston’s points.

Matthews scored a hat-trick with 11 points and Harper hit a pair of 3-pointers as the lead grew to 46-25 at halftime.

Wellston went 7 for 7 from the foul line in the second quarter with Lauren Cheatham getting the lone basket.

Matthews hit his third 3-pointer and scored 8 points while Harper hit a triple scoring 5-pointers to give Rock Hill a 66-27 third quarter lead.

Harper made his fourth 3-pointer of the game and scored 6 points in the fourth quarter for the Redwomen.

Wellston 16 9 2 2 = 29

Rocky hill 22 24 20 14 = 80

WELLSTON (3-9): Emma Henry 0 0 1-2 1, Sheyanne Landis 0 0 0-0 0, Macie Lambert 0 0 2-2 2, Kimmi Aubrey 1 0 2-2 4, Allison Kilgour 1 0 0-0 2, Jayla Sawyer 0 0 0 -0 0, Maddie Potts 0 1 2-2 5, Kandy Rinehart 0 0 2-2 2, Jenna Johnston 1 0 6-7 8, Lauren Cheatham 2 0 1-1 5. Totals: 5 1 16-18 29. Fouls : 18. Foul: None.

ROCK HILL (12-3): Hadyn Bailey 1 1 3-7 8, Emma Harper 2 4 1-2 17, Hope Easterling 6 0 2-9 14, Hazley Matthews 6 3 9-9 30, Haleigh Risner 0 0 0-0 0, Savannah Kidd 0 0 0 -0 0, Brynn Kellogg 0 0 0-0 0, Josie Kidd 0 0 0-0 0, J’lynn Risner 3 0 3-8 9. Totals: 18 8 15-27 80. Rebounds: 45 (J. Risner 15 , Easterling 6, Bailey 6). Assists: 13 (Bailey 4, Matthews 4). Flights: 24 (J. Risner 6, Matthews 5, Bailey 4, Easterling 3, H. Risner 3). Blocks: 3 (Easterling 3). Fouls: 18. Fouls: none.

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