The Rolla High School girls’ basketball team will play in the fifth-place game of the Jefferson City Unilever USA Jay Classic this morning after splitting a pair of games in the event on Saturday and Sunday.
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Rolla High School girls’ basketball team will play in the fifth-place game of the Jefferson City Unilever USA Jay Classic this morning after splitting a pair of games in the event on Saturday and Sunday.
In the first round on Saturday the Lady Bulldogs fell to defending Missouri Class 5 state champion Columbia Rock Bridge 61-29. And in consolation action Sunday Rolla defeated Jefferson City Helias 52-40.
Both of those games were played at the Lewis & Clark Middle School, and both were rematches of regular-season games played earlier this season. Rolla defeated Helias in Jefferson City on Dec. 1 and were beaten by Rock Bridge at Columbia Dec. 4.
Today in the fifth-place game at the Jefferson City High School gym Rolla, 4-5, is slated to play Lee’s Summit West at 10:30 a.m.
Here are the Lady Bulldogs’ earlier results in the tourney:
Rock Bridge 61, Rolla 29
After a competitive first quarter, it was all the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins, who turned up the defensive intensity.
Rock Bridge led 16-11 after the first quarter. However, Rolla was outscored 15-1 in the second period and 17-9 in the second quarter.
“We played really hard that first quarter,” said RHS head coach Bryce Swafford. “We played really hard, and at one time was leading 7-4. Then their defense kind of took over. Katherine Harry kind of took over.”
Harry, a 6-3 all-state senior center who has already signed to play at DePaul University next season, dominated the inside game for Rock Bridge. She ended up scoring a game-high 17 points.
Ijeoma Okafor, a 5-6 junior, had nine points for the Lady Bulldogs.
In other first-round games from Saturday, it was St. Joseph Benton 53, Helias 39; Jefferson City High 55, Kirksville 40, and Liberty 55, Lee’s Summit West 41.
The individual scoring:
Rolla (29) -- Rogers 3, Hagni 3, D. Steele 4, Stoll 4, Okafor 9, Pogue 6.
Rock Bridge (61) -- Payne 7, Eckenriode 8, Rutter 11, Williams 5, Chatman 5, Cunningham 2, Harry 17, Holt 6.
Rolla 52, Helias 40
The Lady Bulldogs trailed 12-10 after the first quarter. Rolla then outscored the Lady Crusaders 16-9 in the second period to take a 26-21 halftime edge. The Lady ‘Dogs held a slim advantage throughout the second half.
“We got to look at what they’re able to do (during the first meeting earlier in the season),” Swafford said. “We were able to adjust and handle it well. It was a good win for us.Any time you play a team twice or three times it’s harder and harder to beat them.
“(Kim) Carter and Okafor did a good defensive job. And (Amanda) Rogers and (Tori) Hagni stepped it up offensively.”
Hagni, a 5-11 senior, had 13 points while Rogers, a 5-6 senior, added 12 points and Okafor 10.
The weekend was the return to action for RHS 6-2 senior center Leah Parry. Parry had been out of action with an ankle injury suffered during Rolla’s volleyball campaign.
The individual scoring:
Rolla (52) -- Carter 2, Rogers 12, Hagni 13, D. Steele 4, Stoll 1, Rightnowar 4, Okafor 10, Parry 4, Pogue 2.
Helias (40) -- Burnett 4, Sauer 3, Strumph 7, Hackmann 6, Chambers 7, Kehoe 1, Taggart 2, Reinkemeyer 10.