Rosewood forward Laine Marak

Rosewood forward Laine Marak (33) shoots a free throw during Rosewood’s game against Spring Creek. Marak finished the night with six points.

Behind a 24-point effort from Braylee Butts, Rosewood cruised to an 81-47 victory over county rival Spring Creek Wednesday night.

The Eagles led the game from start to finish. After one quarter of action, Rosewood leaped out to a 14-7 lead. The Eagles’ lead extended to 36-21 by halftime.

“We can play a lot better, we had some mental lapses here and there,” said Rosewood head coach Greg Hawkins. “I’m just trying to get them to understand that the game is 32 minutes long.

“We played good defense when we had to, that’s the most important thing, and they’ve been playing exceptionally well when it comes to sharing the ball. If we can keep that going, then I’m very happy with what our future looks like.”

Spring Creek did not score more than 14 points in any of the four quarters, and were unable to clip the Eagles’ wings.

Rylee Meyer contributed 20 points for the Eagles, while Ar’Zhane Dozier added 18 points. In total, eight Rosewood players recorded at least one basket. Belinda Carson was Spring Creek’s leading scorer with 17 points.

With the win, Rosewood moved to 12-5 overall and 8-0 in the Carolina 1-A conference. Spring Creek drops 1-15 overall and 0-7 in East Central 2-A Conference play.

Hawkins said that he feels good about how his team has been playing but added that the Eagles cannot afford to become complacent, or overlook anyone.

“We played the game as if both teams’ records were 0-0,” Hawkins said. “It’s just one game at a time, that’s why we have these things called upsets. We don’t want to be a victim of that, so we have to go pedal to the metal all the time.

“I have a great group of girls, an excellent coaching staff helping me out, and that’s what keeps them focused.”