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Rouse girls improve to 8-1 in district play

The Lady Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Elgin 52-28.

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Rouse overcame a sloppy third quarter by outscoring Elgin 13-1 in the fourth Tuesday night to beat Elgin 52-28, improving to 8-1 in district play.

Three Lady Raiders finished in double digits, led by senior Zaiah Jackson’s 13 points.

Brittney Martin scored 12 points — all from beyond the arc — and Ashley Thompson had 10.

“Elgin played hard, but our girls came up with some big boards late,” said Rouse head coach Lori McDonald. “Ashley Thompson had nearly every defensive board there in the fourth quarter, so that limited (Elgin) to just one shot, so we were able to slow down our offense a bit and try to avoid taking shots that weren’t there.”

Tuesday’s game was the first in the second-half of the District 19-5A schedule. The Lady Raiders managed to play district-leading Cedar Park close in their meeting on Dec. 12, falling 51-44. Rouse will host the Lady Timberwolves on Jan. 23 in a contest that should have district title implications.

“We had a slow start to that (Cedar Park) game… but we came back and got to within two points a couple times,” McDonald said. “I think we match up pretty well (and) we’ll have home court advantage this time, so I think it will be a battle. And we’ll have to beat Georgetown again, too.”

The Lady Raiders play at Bastrop at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will travel to East View next Tuesday night ahead of the rematch with Cedar Park.

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