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By Colin Harris | Staff writer
Even with their biggest league game of the season looming, the Field Falcons made sure they did not lose focus on Saturday afternoon.
Field warmed up for Wednesday's road trip to Metro Division leader Norton with a dominant 58-28 cross-division win at Rootstown.
The Falcons overcame a 9-2 start by Rootstown, putting together a 13-1 run to end the first quarter. All told, Field rattled off a 26-3 stretch over the rest of the first half to go up 28-12 on the Rovers.
"Rootstown was able to run their offense well early and get the ball into their post," Field head coach Craig Nettleton said of his team's sluggish start. "On our end, we didn't do a good job getting pressure on their passing lanes or playing three-quarter (defense) on their post to make up for our lack of size."
Rootstown's Casey Miracle was the main reason for her team's fast start, scoring eight of the Rovers' first nine points.
Almost as soon as Rootstown built a lead, though, the Falcons had already begun closing the gap.
Five Rootstown turnovers in the final five minutes of the first quarter transpired into six points as Field was able to get into transition and push the ball up the court for easy layup opportunities.
Senior guard Morgan Peachey scored seven points during Field's 13-1 run, including a pair of breakaway layups.
"The difference was definitely in that we were able to up our defensive pressure and get out and run," Nettleton said. "Our point guards did a great job getting the ball up the court and creating a lot of 3-on-2, or even 3-on-1 opportunities."
Peachey was a force offensively, scoring a game-high 21 points. The senior captain scored at least three points in all four quarters and showed no problem taking a hit in the service of getting to the basket.
"Morgan is a really tough kid," Nettleton said. "She will always give up her body to get a bucket, and I think our players fed off of that attitude and are willing to get in there and take charges and hits."
Rootstown did not record a field goal in the second quarter and went nearly 15 minutes between field goals as Field's lead ballooned.
The Rovers finished the game 5-of-33 from field overall and were only 1-for-5 from behind the 3-point line.
"A lot of our two-point field goals were from three feet or in," Airthart said. "We are just not finishing and missing those kinds of shots has been a consistent problem for us all year."
Miracle finished with 10 points for Rootstown and also pulled down eight rebounds. Cayanne Breznak finished with 12 points to lead the Rovers. Breznak scored all but two points from the foul line, finishing 10-of-12 from the stripe.
Eight players scored for Field, with Camille Adelman joining Peachey in double figures with 11 points.