Rock­ing­ham Flames way too hot for Perry Lakes

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Chris Pike

Rock­ing­ham Flames men and women both tasted vic­tory at home on Satur­day, beat­ing the Perry Lakes Hawks in sen­sa­tional style.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion women’s side took down the Hawks 71-49 while the men pre­vailed in their match to fin­ish 101-81.

It was a bat­tle of third against fourth in the women’s match with the Flames im­prov­ing to 11-2 on the sea­son and Perry Lakes slip­ping to 7-5 with a third straight de­feat.

Rock­ing­ham got off to a fast start with 26 points to 17 in the first pe­riod and were never headed, cruis­ing to the 22-point win de­spite both teams only com­bin­ing for 19 fourth-quar­ter points.

The Flames had a de­cent shoot­ing night, go­ing 28-of-64 from the floor at 43 per cent and nine-of-24 at 37 per cent from long range. But the Hawks couldn’t buy a shot end­ing up go­ing 19-of-73 from the field at 26 per cent and three-of-19 at 15 per cent from down­town.

Sami Whit­comb once again top­scored for the Flames with 26 points, seven as­sists, five re­bounds and five steals on an ef­fi­cient 10of-14 shoot­ing from the field and four-of-six from three-point range. She also had 10 of her team’s 23 turnovers.

Ashlee Side­bot­tom con­trib­uted 15 points for Rock­ing­ham, Jac­inta Bourne 13 points, eight boards, five steals and three as­sists, and Lizel Buckley seven points, 11 re­bounds and five as­sists.

The men beat the Hawks by 20 points which was set up by a dom­i­nant 52-30 first half.

Cooper Land top-scored for Rock­ing­ham with 23 points to go with 10 re­bounds, eight as­sists and three steals.

Chudier Pal added 20 points, 12 boards and two blocked shots for the Flames while Tay­lor Land con­trib­uted 15 points, five re­bounds, four as­sists.

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