MINONK- Fieldcrest displayed an overabundant amount of unselfishness on Tuesday evening. Of the 22 field goals they made, 17 came via an assist. That led them to a 59-43 win over Roanoke-Benson.
"That's the kind of what our group is," pointed out Knights' coach Mitch Neally. "They do not care who scores the points. It's just as enjoyable to have an assist as it to make a basket. That being said, I think we passed up some shots."
Fieldcrest (5-0) sank 10 three-pointers, including a pair at the end of a period. First-year Ashlyn May did the honors in the first, while Alyx Carls delivered to close the third, which upped the hosts' lead to 42-33.
"We had a big three at the end of the first and the end of the third," Neally said. "Every second counts. That three at the end of the third was huge. They (R-B) were cutting into the lead."
The Rockets (3-3) trailed 30-19 at halftime, but narrowed the gap to 30-24. On two other occasions, R-B got within six, but no closer. The last was 39-33 before the Carls' triple.
"We're playing hard," Rockets' coach Todd Nafziger said. "They're giving me everything they've got. I will not fault their effort. We have no depth. We tend to stand around too much and it snowballs in the wrong direction."
Point guard Maddie Monge poured in a game-high 25 points. Five of her 10 baskets came beyond the three-point arc.
Although the Knights came on top, Neally was frustrated on the defensive end of the court.
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"Obviously, we had to know where she (Monge) was," he commented. "We had a game plan and we did not perform the way we were supposed to. I was not too pleased with our defense or our help defense. There's a lot of things we need to work on."
Bailey Leman was also in double figures for the guests with 11 points. She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Carls was one of four Knights to score in double figures with 16 points. May (13), Hannah Baker (11) and Ella Goodrich (10) followed suit. The hosts were bolstered by a 26 to zero advantage in bench points.
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R-B 11 19 33 43
Fieldcrest 14 30 42 59
R-B (field goals-free throws-points): Frannie Heckman 1-0-2, Leman 5-0-11, Kinzie Kearfott 0-0-0, Kylar Kennell 2-0-5, Monge 10-0-25, Lexi Weldon 0-0-0, Kamryn Kearfott 0-0-0, Faith Schuster 0-0-0, Totals 18-0-43
Fieldcrest (fg-ft-pts.): Samantha Vazquez 1-0-2, H. Baker 4-3-11, Zada Baker 2-0-4, Carls 6-0-16, Nevada Park 0-0-0, Goodrich 3-2-10, May 5-0-13, Kaitlyn Carver 1-0-3, Totals 22-5-59
Three-point field goals: R-B 7 (Monge 5, Kennell, Leman), F 10 (Carls 4, May 3, Goodrich 2, Carver), Rebounds: R-B 29 (Leman 6), F 41 (H. Baker 7), Assists: R-B 10 (Monge 5), F 17 (Carls 4), Steals: R-B 6 (Monge 4), F 8 (H. Baker 2, Park 2), Blocks: R-B 2 (Heckman, Leman), F 2 (H. Baker, Vazquez), Fouls: R-B 10, F 12, Turnovers: R-B 16, F 10
Notes: Seven different Fieldcrest players had an assist. The Rockets attempted only one free throw the entire game.