KENNESAW - The Rockdale girl’s basketball team was no match for North Cobb Saturday. Kyrie Chandler had 17 points to lead four players in double figures and the Warriors cruised to a 70-37 victory in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Rockdale trailed by as many as 37 points in finishing the season 18-11, while North Cobb won its 12th consecutive game and improved to 26-3 heading into this week’s state quarterfinal game against the winner of Newton and Tift County.
The hosts took their largest lead of the night at 68-31 on a field goal by freshman Aniya Corley with just under two minutes to play. Chandler, just a sophomore who played the entire game, made the final statement in the blowout victory with a lay up with 52 seconds left.
Chantrel Strahorn, also just a sophomore, came off the bench and had an excellent game, chipping in with 15 points, while seniors Sierra Barrino (double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds) and Amber Reeves (11 points) contributed all night.
Breanna Richardson, a Mississippi State signee playing in her final game at Rockdale, led the Conyers school with 14 points before receiving a technical foul and fouling out 37 seconds to play in the third quarter.
It didn’t take the hosts long to run away from Rockdale as the Region 4 champion Warriors scored the game’s first 15 points-nine coming on three shots from behind the arc.
Meanwhile, Rockdale went the first four and a half minutes without a point, and didn't get on the scoreboard until Richardson’s put back made it a 15-2 game at the 3:34 mark.
Strahorn took over during the end of the first and the early stages of the second. She had a pair of put backs in the final two minutes of the first, then drained a 3-pointer and had another put back to put North Cobb up 27-4. Rockdale found a small amount of consistency on offense during that second period as Richardson picked up six of her 10 first-half points and Brianna Patton had a bucket and a 3-pointer to help get the Bulldogs to within 36-15 with just under three minutes until halftime.
But the Warriors scored the final six points of the half, including the final two of Strahorn’s 13 first-half points, to go into the locker room up 42-15.