ON THE COURT

BATTLING IN THE PAINT - Fieldcrest's Emma Lorton rises up for a shot in the three-second area while being defended by Hope Haley of Roanoke-Benson. The Knights won Tuesday's home opener 74-36 (For the Journal/TNT Photo).

MINONK – Playing its first home basketball game of the season, Fieldcrest connected on 50 percent of their field goal attempts in a 74-36 victory over Roanoke-Benson on Tuesday.

“I love nights like this,” said Fieldcrest coach Mitch Neally. “Games like these are fun. We enjoy playing in front of the home crowd.”

Using fullcourt pressure, Fieldcrest (3-2) triggered 13 R-B (2-5) first half turnovers. They led 37-18 at intermission following a three-point basket from Nevada Park.

“I was pleased. The tempo was where we wanted it,” Neally said. “I thought our defense was tough. Our defense led to a lot of fast breaks.”

The hosts, who converted 31 of 62 shots, sank 12 of 17 from the floor in the third quarter.

Leah White had quite a stat line on the evening. The junior guard scored 21 points, nabbed 10 steals to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. Madi Hock (15), Emma Lorton (12) and Hannah Baker (10) also ended up scoring in double figures.

Fieldcrest grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, as they were plus 13 on the glass at 46 to 33.

“It was a big part,” said Neally of the boards. “We’re not a tall team so we have to physically box somebody out. We got a lot of boards that led to baskets.”

The Knights’ biggest lead was 41 at 74-33.

R-B received a team-high 10 points from Hope Haley. This is the second of four occasions where the Rockets will play on consecutive days.

“Yeah, it sucks when you have back to back games. That’s our schedule,” stated R-B coach Hayley Sefton. “We’re still learning. We’re still a young team.”

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