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ROLESVILLE - Rolesville's girls basketball team opened their home game against Franklinton with a 15-5 run off of four 3-pointers and that quick start carried them to a 58-34 victory Friday night Dec. 13.

Rolesville went into the second quarter up 24-7. The Rams took a 31-10 lead in the second period and went into halftime up 37-16.

In the third quarter, Rolesville pulled off a 15-3 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 52-19. 

"Franklinton played a zone defense, so we had to stroke it from outside," Rolesville head coach Anthony McKoy said. "We were able to get Franklinton out of their zone by making outside shots. Once Franklinton played man defense, we got the ball inside."

Franklinton chipped in four more points to cut the deficit to 52-23 at the end of the period. The Rams held Franklinton to single digit scoring in the first three quarters of the game.

"We wanted to keep Franklinton's players in front of us," McKoy said. "The girls did a good job not getting beat by straight-line drives."

Rolesville cruised to victory from there to finish the night 58-34. The win snapped Franklinton's five-game win streak, while increasing Rolesville's win streak to eight.

This is McKoy's first year as Rolesville's head coach and he's having a pretty decent start so far. He began his coaching career as Rolesville's junior varsity girls basketball head coach when the school first opened in 2013.

Now that he has moved up to varsity this year, he is very familiar with the girls he coached in junior varsity, which has helped him connect with his players in his first season.

McKoy said all five of his starters, plus a couple of senior bench players, have contributed to the team's perfect 8-0 start.

"I have six seniors on this team, so we're going to heavily rely on all of them," McKoy said. "As far as the younger players, Kashara Simpson stands out as a junior. My three seniors Mikaila DeVaughn, Alisa Davenport and Areina Harris have all done really well so far this year. A sleeper is Kalie Fleming. She has quietly posted double-doubles almost every game."

With the loss, Franklinton dropped to 6-3 overall. The Red Rams are 0-3 on the road this year.

With the win, Rolesville is still undefeated at 8-0. The Rams are looking to improve their team chemistry and their determination when playing from behind.

"We need to keep playing together," McKoy said. "We've been tested early in the season. We've been in some fights and came out on top. We have to remember that. We know what to do in these situations. Having a big senior leadership always helps."

Rolesville will play in the Eastern Alamance Holiday Hoopla tournament Dec. 26. Franklinton will play at South Granville Friday Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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