Rising Sun erased an early deficit with a 17-3 second-quarter run and rolled to a 46-17 win over Shawe Memorial in girls basketball Thursday in Madison.

The young Hilltoppers were made even younger when junior leading scorer Taylor Grote was forced to miss the game with an illness. That meant it was a roster of freshmen and sophomores that took on Rising Sun.

"The girls really came out on fire. We had a nine-point lead, but we just couldn't maintain it," Shawe coach Camille Deuser said. "I am very proud of how my younger girls played. Maddie Waller had to handle the ball at point and that is not really where she is comfortable, but she did very well especially considering she had to do it all game."

The group played well for the most part but struggled to score. Shawe was only 5-for-38 (13 percent) from the floor and 7-of-16 (44 percent) from the free-throw line.

Waller led the Hilltoppers with seven points. Jenna Armstrong had five, Hannah Storm and Katelyn Moore scored two each and Amelia Koehler had one.

"Once again our defense really came out and played hard; I think it has been surprising people. Hannah Storm had her hand in almost every defensive play," Deuser said.

"If we could keep our intensity the entire game it would bump us up to the next level," she added. "We really need to focus on offense now because that is where we are struggling right now."

Shawe, now 4-12 overall and 1-3 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, travels to South Decatur on Saturday.