Shawe’s Grace McAllister (30) goes hard to the basket. (Photo by Stephanie Hellmann)
Shawe’s Grace McAllister (30) goes hard to the basket. (Photo by Stephanie Hellmann)
Shawe outscored Rock Creek 23-1 in the first half to sprint to a 29-11 win over the Lions at home on Thursday.

Shawe led 8-1 after the first quarter and seemed to be stuck on eight points for quite a while before the Hilltoppers heated up for 15 points in the final four minutes of the half to take a commanding lead.

The second half was rather slow for both teams as both managed only two points in the third quarter and Rock Creek not hitting a field goal until the fourth quarter.

Shawe subbed extensively in the second half to ensure that all players were able to see the floor, but coach Terry King was still not happy with the way his team played after halftime.

“A win is a win and I’m happy about that,” King said. “It’s our fifth win, which is how many games we won last year. I truly believe that we can win eight to 10 games this year but not the way we played in the second half.”

Shawe was led in scoring by freshman Calli Alderman, who had 10 points and added five rebounds. Junior point guard Phoebe Grote had nine points and 10 rebounds.

“Calli is just a hustler and may turn it over two or three times, but she’ll also get six or seven steals a game,” King said. “She and Phoebe are the engines that make this team go. The way they take care of the ball, and constant improvement. With, Calli I don’t think she ever gets tired. She’d play 32 minutes every game if we’d let her.”

Rock Creek coach Camille Leach, a former Shawe coach and standout player at Southwestern, said it was nice returning to a place in which she’s comfortable.

“It’s always good to come back to a place you’re familiar with. It’s great seeing all the people I got to know in my five years here and just being able to talk to people that I haven’t seen in quite some time,” Leach said.

Rock Creek was led in scoring by Tiffany Miller with five points. Leah Thompson, the leading scorer for the Lions, left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and did not return. Leach said there’s a noticeable difference when she’s not on the court.

“Thompson is our best all-around player. Our best scorer, ball handler, and rebounder and when we lost her we just really struggled offensively,” Leach said. “We just had to focus on our defense at that point and work on that.”

Shawe improves to 5-9 with the win, its fourth win in the past six games including two over the one win Lions. The Hilltoppers return to action on Friday when they visit Oldenburg as part of a girls-boys doubleheader. Shawe then hosts Milan on Thursday.

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THURSDAY’S GIRLS GAME

at Madison

SHAWE 29, ROCK CREEK 11



ROCK CREEK 1 0 2 8 — 11

SHAWE MEMORIAL 8 15 2 4 — 29



ROCK CREEK (1-17) — Miller 5, Reliford 4, Briggs 2, Grawmeyer 2, Cooper 0, Gonzalez 0, Thompson 0, Voyles 0, Link 0.

SHAWE (5-9) — Alderman 10, P. Grote 9, Hill 4, Lathrem 2, McAllister 2, Jacobs 2, L. Grote 0, Cox, 0, Perez 0, Cooke 0, Leatherman 0, Vazquez 0.



3-Point Goals — Rock Creek 0, Shawe 1 (P. Grote 1). Rebounds — Rock Creek 27 (Grawmeyer 10), Shawe 40 (P. Grote 10). Assists — Rock Creek 1 (Briggs 1), Shawe 10 (P. Grote 4). Turnovers — Rock Creek 30, Shawe 14. Total Fouls — Rock Creek 8, Shawe 16. Free Throws — Rock Creek 5-9, Shawe 2-5. Fouled Out — None.