Braylee Butts scored her 1,000th career point, and the Rosewood varsity girls’ basketball team held Hobbton to no field goals the entire game. The Eagles won 54-4 before a faithful crowd at the “Eagles Nest” on Thursday night.
“It’s pretty cool,” Butts said about scoring 1,000 points for her career. “I didn’t really think I was that close to it.”
The classic display of dominant basketball moved the Eagles to 8-4 on the season, and 2-0 in conference play. And to say the game escalated quickly would be an understatement. Rosewood flew out of the starting gate. The Eagles’ swarming defense bothered the Wildcats, resulting in more than 10 first-quarter turnovers and a revolving-door layup drill on the Eagles’ end of the floor. At the end of the first quarter, Rosewood led 26-11.
The purple-and-white did not take their feet off the gas in the second stanza, when Rosewood’s pressure defense created more Eagles rim runs, and when Butts scored eight of her 22 points in the second quarter, the game was all but over. Rosewood led 45-1 at halftime.
“We didn’t play down to our competition,” said Rosewood head coach Greg Hawkins. “They continued to hustle, and they played together as team. We normally excel when we share the ball, and everybody did that tonight. I’m proud of the effort, and hopefully this will catapult us forward.”
As the game continued in the second half, the Eagles were still flying high. However, Hobbton managed to score four points in the third quarter via free throws.
Including Butts, seven different players found the scorebook. Laine Marack scored nine points, Ar’Zhane Dozier was right behind Marack with eight points, Koreyonna Bell added four points, and Rylee Myers scored five points, while Brittney Butts and Taryn Mack each contributed two points. Cassidy Morris scored one point.
“We’ve been working hard at practice, and we’re working together really well,” Butts said.
Rosewood finished the game by emptying its bench and letting players who don’t get much playing time get in the game.
“We’re not a great shooting team,” Hawkins said. “Defensively our defense creates our offense. I’ve been telling them to stop them on the defensive end, and let the offense flow off of that.”
Rosewood returns to the action tonight, when the Eagles travel to league rival North Duplin. Tipoff is 6 p.m.