The Rolla girls basketball team (5-8) hit the road and made the trip down to Joplin on Monday, Jan. 9. It was Rolla's second conference game of the season, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to get their first win in the Ozark Conference with a 51-44 win.
Rolla set the tone on both sides of the ball in the first half. Offensively, the Lady Bulldogs spread the ball around extremely well. Five different players scored in the first quarter, with three different players knocking down a three. The Lady Bulldogs scored 16 points in the first quarter, nearly outscoring Joplin's entire first-half point total. Adding another 13 points in the second quarter and stellar defense gave the Lady Bulldogs a solid 29-18 lead at the half.
Joplin started to creep back into the game a bit in the third quarter thanks to some hot shooting by Jessica Zengel. She scored all 12 of the Lady Eagles' points in the second quarter by sinking four threes. Rolla was able to maintain their lead, scoring 10 points of their own in the third to stay out in front 39-30 with a quarter left to play.
Joplin made a strong push in the fourth quarter with 14 points, again led by Zengel. She scored seven points in the quarter and 26 in the game, as she caused problems for Rolla all night long. While the defense slipped a bit in the second half, the offense stayed strong and Rolla scored another 12 points in the fourth quarter to walk away with a 51-44 win.
The offense was spread around for the Lady Bulldogs, as eight players scored and seven of them scored at least five points. Addy Brow led the way with 10 points while grabbing three rebounds, dishing out two assists and got one steal. Another standout performance was Megan Brown, who scored seven points while blocking a staggering seven shots.
"We got off to a great start and we were able to maintain a 10-12 point lead throughout the game. We had a little trouble closing out the game, but won on a night we were not at our best," said head coach Luke Floyd. "Offensively, we had balanced scoring once again. We are doing a great job distributing the basketball. Defensively, we were a little sloppy, but with a few minor adjustments, we'll be fine."
The Lady Bulldogs will continue to be road warriors, as their next game comes at Marshfield on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Brow - 10 pts, 3 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl; Rodgers - 9 pts, 2 rebs, 2 stls, 1 ast; Brown - 7 pts, 7 blks, 3 rebs; Pritchett - 6 pts, 2 rebs, 2 stls; Cheesman - 6 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast; Dean - 6 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl; Dupes - 5 pts, 3 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl; Janke - 2 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blks