The Rose Hill Rockets had the shooting touch early, getting into the lead early and holding off Dodge City 58-50 Saturday in the seventh-place game of the Newton Invitational at Ravenscroft Gym.


The Rose Hill Rockets had the shooting touch early, getting into the lead early and holding off Dodge City 58-50 Saturday in the seventh-place game of the Newton Invitational at Ravenscroft Gym.

“We knew coming in Rose Hill is a very good shooting team,” Dodge City coach Justin Briggs said. “They were under .500, but they have played some very good competition. I’m sure this game is going to propel them into some more wins. They are very scrappy. I don’t know what it was this weekend, but we just didn’t shoot the ball like we normally have. Our defense, for the most part, was there. Kayla Justice scoring 15 points in the first half hurt us. Free throws were killing us, but we finally started getting to the line in the second half.”

Justice finished with 23 points. Autumn Lipscomb added 10.

For 6-6 Dodge City, Brenna Briggs, Alexis Sanchez and Katrina Roenfeldt each scored 12 points.

Dodge City opened the game one of seven from the field, falling behind 10-2. Rose Hill was five of six from the line in that span. Briggs broke the run with a trey.

A Sanchez trey at the first quarter buzzer got the Red Demons within seven at the end of the period, 18-11.

Rose Hill outscored Dodge City 9-3 to open the second quarter. The Rockets led 34-22 at the half.

After trading points early in the third quarter, Dodge City made an 8-2 run to get within six. Late Red Demon turnovers allowed Rose Hill to get back up by 11 at the end of the period, 47-36.

The Rockets led by as many as 14 early in the fourth quarter. Dodge City drew within seven on a pair of Brenna Briggs free throws with 2:13 in regulation. The Red Demons missed several chances to draw closer.

Dodge City returns to WAC action Tuesday at Liberal.

“There’s not a whole lot of time to prepare,” Justin Briggs said. “We’ll have a light practice Monday to get our legs back under us, and get ready to go.”