Defense. Imposing, tough defense.
Rosewood varsity girls’ basketball team used their defense to create maximum pressure on Tuesday night, forcing numerous turnovers in a 69-25, non-conference victory over county foe Spring Creek
In a word, the Eagles were tenacious.
The purple-and-white applied pressure throughout the opening quarter, forcing the Gators out of their sets and into turnover-prone basketball.
At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles were up 12-4.
“Our defense triggers our offense,” said Rosewood head coach Greg Hawkins. “We don’t rely on scores to produce, it’s strictly defensive.”
And at every turn, there was Braylee Butts.
The senior guard was everywhere, playing passing lanes with poise, crashing the boards and starting the Eagles’ fast break. She also did a great job exploiting Spring Creek’s defense and helping her teammates find easy shots around the rim.
As if that weren’t enough, she buried a number of key shots – part of a smooth, comprehensive effort that made the home crowd jump for joy.
“The team played great tonight,” Hawkins said. “We just continued to fight throughout the game.”
At halftime, Rosewood led 30-18.
Rosewood maintained its defensive intensity in the third quarter, limiting the Gators to just seven points on three made field goals.
Butts really started to heat up in the third quarter, scoring 10 points. The Eagles were up 48-21 going into the fourth quarter.
During the final eight minutes, Rosewood kept its foot on the gas and outscored Spring Creek 21-4. Rosewood improved its record to 3-3 on the season, while Spring Creek dropped to 1-6.
“We work on playing pedal to the metal, and just paying attention to what you’re supposed to be doing as far as getting in position and following the ball,” Hawkins said of his team’s effort, “They did a great job of that and I’m proud.”
Belina Carson and Makiya Hobbs each recorded seven points for Spring Creek. Butts finished the night with 22 points, while Koreyonna Bell scored with 12 points.
“Today is just the first step of what we’re capable of doing,” Hawkins said. “We have some things we need to work on, but overall even when the bench players came in they were energized. It was total team effort. That’s what it’s going to take going forward.”