Rosewood forward Laine Marak

Rosewood forward Laine Marak (33) waits for an inbound pass during Rosewood’s game against North Duplin.

Junior point guard Rylee Meyers led all scorers with 15 points as Rosewood dispatched North Duplin, 55-10, in Carolina 1A Conference action on Friday night.

It was business as usual for the Eagles, who have given up 60 points during their past four games.

“Defense is what we’ve been harping on regardless of the competition,” said Rosewood head coach Greg Hawkins. “We have to play hard, so defense is our key.

“If your shot isn’t falling, you have to be able to stop people, and that’s what we’re staying with, playing solid defense.”

Rosewood came out and immediately dug in defensively, forcing more than 20 turnovers in the contest and limiting the Rebels to zero points in the first quarter, and single-digit point totals in the second, third and fourth quarter.

Meyers, Braylee Butts and Koreyonna Bell handled the rest.

The trio was hitting shots all night, orchestrating an offense that scored 45 points in the first half.

“Tonight, we were hitting shots, but it all started with our defense,” said Hawkins. “Everybody’s hungry. I tell them if you want to score, get a steal, and to do something that will spark our offense.”

Meyers and Bell each knocked down three three-pointers, while Butts was dominant in the paint. Bell finished the night with 11 points, and Butts contributed 10 points.

Rosewood (8-4 overall) also got seven points from Ar’Zhane Dozier. Laine Marak, Brittany Butts, Cassidy Morris and Carolina Sanders rounded out the Eagles’ scorebook, combining for 12 points.

“I have an excellent group of young ladies,” said Hawkins. “They play for each other, they’re very selfless.”

North Duplin (0-8) was led by Jamilyn Wallace, who scored four points.