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RNEs Rose blooms at wrong time for Lady Demons taste
L-ES HALEY RANSON DRIVES past RNEs Mia Mixon on her way to the basket in Tuesdays Region 4-4A game played inside the Demons Den.
Had it been a game of craps, Lugoff-Elgin would have rolled snake eyes.That’s how tough its luck was on this night.The Lady Demons came into Tuesday’s Region 4-4A pairing with visiting Richland Northeast minus leading scorer Dahiana Rodriguez and were taking on a Lady Cavalier squad which was hungry for a conference win after having dropped their previous 32 league games.For first year RNE boss and former Eau Claire head coach, Precious Caldwell, the combination of Rodriguez’s absence --- due to being on a family vacation --- and a red-hot shooting night from Sheress Rose turned into a 44-29 win over the host Lady Demons.The loss dropped Von Duncan’s squad to 5-11 overall and 0-2 in Region 4-4A play.L-E did not have an answer for Rose, who poured in a game-best 23 points, or RNE’s activity on the glass and on the floor as the guests got to nearly every loose ball on the newly waxed Demons Den hardwood.Duncan wrapped what was an ugly offensive performance from her team in a tidy little bow following the Lady Demons’ fifth straight loss since the start of the holiday break.“The team that showed up wanting to win is the team that won tonight,” Duncan said.A major reason for that was the play of Rose, who poured in 19 first half points in carrying the Lady Cavs to a 30-18 lead at the break. She cooled down in a four-point third quarter before sitting out most of the final stanza after sustaining an injury to a finger on her right hand.“She’s a pretty good ballplayer,” Duncan said of Rose. “She executed and took what our defense gave her.