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Girls Basketball: Rosary battles back, but can’t stop Rich South

Updated: December 16, 2013 10:49PM

There’s an old adage in sports that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

For the Rich South girls basketball team Monday, it was the Stars’ quick start that wound up helping them pick up a 53-47 win over Rosary at the Oswego Hoops for the Troops Holiday Classic.

The Stars (6-3) raced out to a 28-11 lead with 2:50 left in the second quarter. They had to withstand a furious second-half rally from Rosary (5-6) ­— which cut the lead to one point at the start of the fourth quarter — to escape with the win.

“We were pressing in the beginning,” Rich South coach Brian Mays said. “All these teams (in the tournament) are new to us. We don’t know anything about them. So we basically scouted on YouTube and hoped that we could execute on our press like we did.”

Consecutive three-pointers from Tierney Lockett helped the Stars jump out to that 28-11 lead. Rosary shot only 5-for-31 from the field in the first half, but the Royals didn’t give up in the second half. They doubled their point total with an 18-4 run in the second half that cut the lead to 37-36 at the start of the fourth quarter.

“I was very happy with the third quarter,” Rosary coach Jessie Wilcox said. “I think the first half we were getting the same exact shots. We had to warm up a little bit. Second half, we just started making our shots.”

After Rosary cut the lead to one, Rich South used a quick 6-0 run to gain some separation and kept the Royals at bay the rest of the way.

Lockett paced Rich South with 15 points. Dasia Evans added 14 and Tierra Webb scored 11. Emily Bakala (13 rebounds) and Quincy Kellett each scored 12 points for Rosary, with Rachel Choice adding 11.

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