MERRYVILLE – The Hornbeck defense turned up its full-court press to take Rosepine out of its rhythm on offense en route to a win at the Sam Jones Merryville Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Eagles 46-20 Friday night at Merryville High School.
"We played well," Hornbeck head coach Matthew Killian said. "We were more balanced than we were the other night. I think the hustle was there, and other players stepped up when they needed to.
"We really sped them up, more than what they are comfortable with. That's what worked well for us."
Rosepine is led by first-year head coach Gerald Lewis, who took over the job not long before the season started.
"I'm enjoying it," he said. "We've had some ups and downs this year with a couple of bad losses, but we've had some good wins, too. I think by the end of the season and when we get into districts, we'll be playing better."
The Lady Eagles trailed 10-6 early in the second quarter, but Hornbeck ended the half on a 14-0 run to take a 24-6 lead into halftime.
"We didn't shoot the ball well," Lewis said. "When you're not shooting well and commit turnovers, you're not going to win games. I think we got outrebounded, too. Those three will kill you every time.
"I don't think their press was about stealing the ball. I think it was to just take us out of rhythm. It did a few times. They're one of the most fundamental teams we've played this year."
In the second half, the Rosepine offense showed signs of life, but Hornbeck closed out the third quarter on an 8-0 run to go up 41-14.
Trinity Walker scored nine for Rosepine, and Callee Corley led Hornbeck with 13 points. As a team, the Lady Hornets hit five 3-pointers.
"We like to work it inside-out," Killian said. "We start inside and kick it out for open shots.
"We've been playing well but haven't been able to finish them off in the end. We just need to work on finishing, and the other stuff will take care of itself."