Every time Rosepine tried to pull away from Pickering, the Red Devils were able to answer to keep it close through four quarters.

However, the Eagles got enough stops late to defeated Pickering 42-37 Tuesday night at Rosepine High School.

Leading 18-14 at the half, Pickering started the second half on a 6-0 run to take the 20-18 lead with 5:13 to go in the quarter.

The Eagles were able to retake the lead later in the quarter with a 7-0 run to make it 29-22 at the end of the third period.

Rosepine (12-11) quickly got the lead to double figures, but the Red Devils had an answer, rattling off seven straight points to make it 33-30 with 5:04 to go in the game.

A layup from Trinity Walker and an and-1 layup from Cheyenne Vander made it 38-30, and Rosepine hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"This is big because coming to the end of the season, Pickering is right behind us (in the power rankings)," Rosepine head coach Taylor Maricle said. "They're a good team and they're going to upset someone in the playoffs. They play hard and are well coached. Picking up these wins in district are big."

Alexis Sargent, the Eagles' go-to deep threat, led Rosepine with 11 points, despite taking limited shots.

"I try to stress, as a shooter, you're not going to make every shot," Maricle said. "You're not going to go out every game and hit four or five 3s. That's fine. When you know you're not hitting, you have to go to the basket for layups, hit jumpers or find the open teammate. You have to do everything to help you team."

Vander also posted 11 points, and spurred by her defense, is one the key clogs in the Rosepine wheel.

"When I got job this job, I sat down the seniors and told them that it had been a while since they had been to state," Maricle said. "That's their goal, and it was going to take all three of them stepping up. Zayda English, Cheyanne and Alexis have stepped up their game. There are people that come to the games and say 'We didn't know they could do that.' I don't want anything fancy. I just want them to play."

Rosepine defeated Pickering 68-49 less than a month ago at Pickering, and Maricle says the difference was all about rebounding.

"The difference tonight was that we didn't box out," she said. "They killed the boards. I told that (Zariyah Moss) and (Ty Jackson) crash the boards hard, and that's what they did. We just didn't box out and that's why it was close.

"I don't really like the close game at the end, but I don't like blow outs. I like competitive games. I like to see who can actually play. Laken Stephens came tonight and play really hard."

Moriah Jones and Mahogany Griffin each posed 12 points for Pickering in the loss.