The Jefferson City Jays were too tough for the fifth-seeded Rolla High School boys’ basketball team Wednesday night.


Literally.


The top-seeded Jays muscled up the young Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Missouri Class 5 District 10 Tournament and came away with a 73-51 victory at Camdenton High School.


The loss ends the season for Rolla. The Bulldogs finish with a 10-17 record.


The Jefferson City Jays were too tough for the fifth-seeded Rolla High School boys’ basketball team Wednesday night.

Literally.

The top-seeded Jays muscled up the young Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Missouri Class 5 District 10 Tournament and came away with a 73-51 victory at Camdenton High School.

The loss ends the season for Rolla. The Bulldogs finish with a 10-17 record.

Jefferson City, 9-16, will play second-seeded Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the district tourney championship game. Waynesville blew out third-seeded Camdenton 55-37 in the other semifinal game Wednesday.

In the girls’ bracket second-seeded Rolla is to play third-seeded Camdenton at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the semifinals at Camdenton High School.

On Wednesday Rolla was able to play with Jefferson City for a quarter, as the Jays took a 17-15 lead into the second period.

However, the play was physical and that tipped the scales for the stout Jays, who roughed up RHS at times and had success penetrating the lane for baskets.

Jefferson City outscored Rolla 18-7 in the second period to take a 35-22 advantage into halftime.
Powered by the play of 6-4 senior forward Brendon Dowdy, the Bulldog offense picked up after intermission. Rolla tallied 18 points in the third period to cut its deficit to 52-40 entering the fourth quarter.

Rolla got within 10 points early in the fourth quarter but could get no closer, as the Jays closed in a rush and totaled 21 points in the period.

“We got them in some foul trouble late,” said RHS head coach Mark Miller. “Brendon played a nice second half and we did some good things.”

Dowdy closed out his Bulldog career in fine fashion with a team-high 21 points, including a 9-for-11 performance at the free throw line. He was the only RHS player to score in double figures.

Spencer Carlock, a 6-1 guard, and 6-5 junior forward Paul McMahon combined for 42 points for the Jays. Carlock finished with 22 points; McMahon 20.

Rolla had just two seniors -- Dowdy and 6-2 guard Andy Giger -- on a squad extremely green. Miller used five sophomores in his varsity rotation this season.

“We had a lot of growing pains,” Miller said of the 2009-10 campaign. “But still it very easily could have been a good-looking season. We entered districts 9-16 and could have easily been 15-10, but we lost a lot of games we couldn’t get over the hump and close things out. A lot of that was so much youth.

“We had a big win against (Springfield) Parkview and a big district win (against Lebanon). You hate to lose the two seniors, who are good kids. But we certainly have something to build on.”