Two big, double-digit scoring runs by Rosepine was the key to its win over Hornbeck with the offense not clicking for Eagles.
Rosepine finished outscored the Hornets late in the first and second halves to defeat the Hornets 56-30 Friday night at Rosepine High School.
"Defense wins games, and I tell them that all the time," Rosepine head coach Taylor Maricle said. "That's what we did tonight.
"We scored four in the first quarter, and I think it had to do with our defense and not boxing out."
Hornbeck led 7-4 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 17-8 before the Eagles went on an 11-0 run to to take a 19-17 lead at the 1:47 mark in the second quarter.
"I thought we played pretty well in the first half, and we executed the things we talked about in the locker room," Hornbeck coach Matthew Killian said. "In the second half, we came out and didn't execute the things we talked about, and they took advantage of it. Rosepine pressures you and makes you work."
Callee Corley hit a layup for Hornbeck (10-12) to tie it at 19 heading into halftime.
Rosepine took a 30-22 lead with three minutes, 49 seconds to go with a layup by Alexis Sargent, but the Hornets, similar to Rosepine, went on an 8-2 run to make it a two-point game at the end of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Caroline Jara-Selvage made a layup to put Hornbeck down one, but Rosepine (6-10) ended the game on a 21-3 run which featured 10 points from guard Trinity Walker.
Sargent led Rosepine with a game-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, while Walker score 11.
"When (Sargent) is hitting, its' good because it gives our other girls a chance to drive to the basket," Maricle said. "When she is not on, I try to tell her to go to basket."
Cheyenne Vander scored eight for the Eagles, but he biggest impact was on the defensive side of the ball.
"Every game, her task is to stop the best the player," Maricle said. "She's such a big factor to this team because of her defense. We are able to stop good players with her."
Anniston Scroggins led Hornbeck in scored with 15, while Kylee Baggs put up eight points for the Hornets.
"We've talked about consistency all year," Killian said. "We need to be consistent for four quarters. We play well for the first half of one game and the second half of another game. If we can put four quarters together, we'll be alright."