Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Rockdale's Breanna Richardson, number 21, takes a shot against Tiffany Barnes of Loganville.
CONYERS -- The Rockdale girl's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak in dominating fashion Tuesday in Conyers. Breanna Richardson scored 20 points and Brianna Lawrence added 18 as the Bulldogs routed Loganville, 75-41 in Region 8-AAAA play.
The visiting Red Devils picked up the first basket of the game on a bucket by Blakelee Linder, but the lead was short-lived. Rockdale, coming off losses to Salem on Friday and McIntosh on Saturday in a game that saw the Bulldogs score the program's fewest points in nearly three years, scored the next 11 points and were never threatened again. Richardson closed the opening quarter with consecutive 3-pointers to put the Bulldogs up 26-9 and the hosts went up by as many as 25 in the opening half, grabbing a 36-11 cushion after Loganville coach John Zorn picked up a technical foul and Brianna Patton hit two free throws. Loganville had a 7-0 run just before halftime to try and stay in the game, but freshman Sojo Hall, who came off the bench to score 10 points, had a basket to make it 55-36 after three.
"She's a true-freshman playing big minutes on varsity. She's going in there fighting," Rockdale coach Sherri Williams said of Hall. "She's a fighter."
Richardson hit the last of her four 3-pointers, then fed Patton for another long ball as the Bulldogs finished the game hitting eight from behind the arc.
"They came out ready to play basketball," Williams said of her team's effort. "Friday wasn't Rockdale basketball that they're used to, that's what we worked on so we can get back (to winning). Everybody played their part today (and) everything was balanced."
Loganville got as close as 16 points when Fallyn Evans hit a basket off a pass from Logan Segars at the 6:51 mark of the third, but the Red Devils were held to just five points in the fourth quarter. Bethany Bowers led Loganville with 10 points and Evans added eight.
The boy's nightcap ended too late for this edition.