ROANOKE – It was tough to gauge which team was which on Jan. 16. Midland, who entered the Tri-County Conference game with 11 victories, did not play like a double-digit win club. Roanoke-Benson did not resemble one who owned eight victories.
The hosts got off to a fast start, which catapulted them to a 55-25 win at Dick Broers Gymnasium.
R-B (9-15, 4-2) scored the first 11 points, which included a trio of three-pointers from Maddie Monge.
For the game, the Rockets fared better from three-point range (eight of 22) than they did from regulation territory (11 of 38).
“We finally saw a spark,” said R-B head coach Todd Nafziger. “That was the best ball movement we’ve had all year. We’re finally seeing the floor, seeing the lanes and seeing the basket.”
Monge ended up with six triples and ranged up a game-high 25 points.
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“I think she’s letting the game come to her,” Nafziger explained. “She’s seeing the floor better. She’s engaged in the offense more.”
It took the Timberwolves (12-13, 2-4) five minutes and 43 seconds to record a field goal, which Maddie Grandsart did. They began zero of eight from the floor.
The Rockets led 28-12 at halftime and stretched the lead to as many as 33. Frannie Heckman was also in double figures with 11 points.
Reghann Pyles scored a team-high nine points for Midland, who shot just 20 percent (10 of 51).
Although the Rockets had a 56-34 advantage in rebounds, Nafziger was a little frustrated at the number of offensive caroms (11) the Timberwolves collected.
“That’s what we have to do every single night to compete,” he said. “We’re not tall. We preach one shot per possession. We have to be more physical and handle the other side on the box out.”
R-B grabbed a total of 17 offensive rebounds.