The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate basketball team starts the district season playing its best ball of the year, defeating the Calhoun Sandies 52-36 Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The win over Calhoun put RFHS at seven straight wins on the season. They’re overall record stands at 10-4, while they start the district season 1-0.
While Calhoun tried to attack RFHS inside throughout the game, it was the Lady Pirates’ range that helped put away the Sandies. In all, RFHS hit seven 3-pointers.
In the first quarter, after getting off to a slow start, RFHS quickly took control as Mikayla Molina scored seven points, hit one 3-point shot, and recorded an assist to Alexia Herrman. Messiah Hernandez also sunk a 3-point jumper. Molina’s efforts gave RFHS a 15-9 lead to end the quarter.
In the second quarter, layups on feeds from Kaylee Howell to Herrman and Makayla Guerrero to Audra Jones helped extend RFHS’ lead. The Sandies fought back though, hitting shots just before the half. Calhoun closed RFHS’ lead to 3 at 21-18.
In the third quarter, RFHS guards Jordan Malone and Molina took over. After collecting a steal off an inbounds pass in the first minute, Malone nailed a 3-point shot and added another one two minutes later. Defensively, Malone finished the quarter with three steals. Molina took over the last half of the quarter with two more 3-point shots of her own. The explosive plays on the perimeter by Malone and Molina bolstered RFHS’ lead to 11, 36-25.
In the fourth quarter, RFHS made its way inside and hit multiple shots by Howell and Jones with feeds from Molina and Malone. RFHS had Calhoun on its heels as they eventually built up a 20-point lead midway through the quarter. Alyssa Garcia later added in another 3-point bucket, all but sealing the victory.
Molina led RFHS in scoring with 16 points, hitting four 3-point field goals (FG).
Malone followed with 11 points and Howell scored eight.
RFHS played Miller Friday, Dec. 18. Their next game is 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 against Tuloso-Midway at home.