By Ted Waddell
ROSCOE December 25, 2007 In Thursday night’s non-league girls’ basketball game, the visiting Lady Tornadoes of Tuxedo acted like a Midwestern twister as they whirled around the Roscoe Lady Blue Devils for a 67-23 victory.
Tuxedo (2-2) outscored the Lady Blue Devils in all four periods (21-5, 19-8, 16-0, 11-10) on the way to a convincing victory.
Caitlin O’Keefe, Rebecca Monteith and Marvette Hairston were the top scorers for the Lady Tornadoes. O’Keefe netted a game-high 13 points, Monteith finished with 11 points and Hairston had nine points, including a pair of 3-point shots.
Paige Clancy and Amanda Ladenhauf each scored a team-best eight points for Roscoe (1-5). Clancy scored six of her points by swishing a pair of 3-pointers.
Neither team did extremely well at the free-throw line. Roscoe converted 7-of-12 (58 percent), while Tuxedo was 7-of-14 (50 percent).
“We did what we needed to do,” Tuxedo Coach Dave Powers said. “We played hard and aggressive.
“It’s tough,” he added. “I hate games like this, because you’ve got kids who want to play hard and you’re backing ‘em off, but you have to feel for the other team… I’ve been in that situation too.”
His take on the Lady Blue Devils of 2007-2008?
“I think they’re going to be a good team down the line,” Powers replied. “[Becky] Ahart is a good coach, they’re young and they’re just going to get better.”
Roscoe’s Becky Ahart, who is coaching a team on the varsity level again after low numbers required the school to have only a JV squad the past three seasons, concurred with Powers.
“I think we’re learning… by the end of the season, we’re going to have our feet under us,” she said.