ROFF — For 12 games, Roff displayed a defense worthy of a state title contender in Class A.  In Monday night’s 94-27 demolition of Mill Creek, the Tigers unveiled an offense worthy of their defense.

Junior guard Patrick Blevins scored a career-best 19 points to lead four Roff players in double figures, and every player who saw action for Darrick Farriel’s fifth-ranked club scored at least three points as the Tigers dismantled a Mill Creek club that had won 12 of 15 games.  In the process, Roff (13-0) held an opponent to 35 points or less for the 11th time this season and for the eightgstraight game since a 44-38 victory over Latta in November.

“Now that we’re starting to get a more balanced offense, we’re going to start scoring some points,” Farriell predicted. “And our defense has been steady all season.”

In the girls’ contest, 11 different Roff players scored, and the Lady Tigers held Mill Creek to just five field goals in 35 attempts en route to an easy 58-16 victory.


Roff 94, Mill Creek 27

The Tigers forced 27 turnovers to fuel a running game that produced 22 layups from 35 total baskets (in 67 attempts), and Roff also hit a blistering 9-of-15 from 3-point range in routing a Mill Creek club that had been one of the area’s surprise teams this season.

“We’ve worked hard to become a better transition team, and it’s starting to show,” Farriell said.

Blevins scored 10 first-quarter points as the Tigers raced to a 23-9 lead, and Dearth Parker added eight of his 17 points in the second period to help Roff to a 46-19 halftime lead.  Parker, who didn’t play in Friday’s victory over Calvin, hit only five of his 18 field goal attempts Monday, but he had 10 rebounds, four steals, three of Roff’s 19 assists and a blocked shot.

C. J. Stewart, who scored a career-high 26 points in Friday’s win, continued his recent offensive surge with 14 points Monday on 5-of-7 shooting, and his 3-pointer from beyond halfcourt at the first-half buzzer was one of his four treys (in five attempts).  Stewart added 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal.

In addition, Atlee Kile had five points in both the first and third quarters and was 4-for-5 from the field, and senior Quinton Blevins came off the bench to score a season-high eight points — all in a fourth-quarter that saw the Roff reserves outscore Mill Creek, 30-5.

Jessey Thompson, a 5-5 sophomore guard, played only the second half but finished with six points, three steals and three assists, and Spanish Xavier Sedo was the first player off the bench for the Tigers and finished with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in three quarters of action.

Roff’s defense — the team’s strength all season — was overshadowed a bit by the Tiger’s offensive explosion but might have had its finest hour of the season so far.  The Bullfrogs managed just two second-half field goals (in 22 attempts), and freshman Toby Blevins was the only Mill Creek player to score more than six points.

Blevins, a six-footer who is one of the area’s top first-year players, scored 14 points (after scoring a career-high 24 in Mill Creek’s victory over Milburn Friday) and added five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots, but he hit only 4-of-12 field goal attempts.

Roff recorded 20 steals (including four each by Parker and Jason Trimmer) and outrebounded Mill Creek, 43-27.


Roff 58, Mill Creek 16

Like the Roff boys, the Lady Tigers (6-7) put the game away early and got a lot of production from the bench.

Freshman Tamra Ensey played the final three quarters and scored a career-high 13 points (on 6-of-10 shooting), and although Skylar Logan (10 points) was the only other Roff player (and starter) in double figures, the Lady Tigers hit 25-of-48 field goal attempts in the game.

Logan scored all of her points in the first quarter as Roff raced to a 19-1 lead, and Ensey and Jennifer Gordy came off the bench to score six points apiece in the second quarter as the lead grew to 34-7 at halftime.

The Roff reserves played all but the opening minutes of the second half and limited Mill Creek to just three field goals after intermission.  Ensey and starter Kayla Balthrop had five third-quarter points apiece to account for more than Mill Creek’s entire second-half production (10-9), and the Lady Frogs hit just 1-of-14 field goal attempts in the final period.

Balthrop, who had a season-high 23 points Friday, finished with nine points and two steals; Jamie Fowler had a team-high six rebounds and hit her only field goal attempt; McKenzie Phillips had four points and four rebounds; and Jennifer Gordy had a team-high three assists to go with six points, five steals and two blocked shots.

Despite the Lady Tigers’ hot shooting, the home crowd’s biggest ovation of the game was for a 3-pointer from the corner by senior Tess Truett, a starter last season who saw her first action and scored her first points of the 2005-2006 campaign after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL suffered in a preseason practice.

Roff and Mill Creek both return to action tonight, with Roff hosting Moss and Mill Creek traveling to Olney.