The Rolla girls basketball team (6-13, 2-2 OC) hosted West Plains for an Ozark Conference matchup on Thursday, Feb. 2. The Lady Bulldogs struggled to get their offense going and fell to the Lady Zizzers 65-29.
The Rolla offense was sparse all night long in large part because of turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs turned the ball over 33 times on Thursday, giving West Plains more offensive opportunities. Rolla got out to a slow start with just seven points in the first quarter, five of which came form Ellie Rodgers. That gave West Plains a 14-7 lead though the opening quarter.
Those offensive struggles carried into the second. Rolla scored just three points in the quarter on a basket from Addy Brow and a free throw by Mattie Dean. Meanwhile, West Plains kept humming. The Lady Zizzers added 17 points in the second, eight of which came from Elle Williams. West Plains went into the half with a 31-10 lead and they refused to take their foot off the gas pedal.
The Lady Zizzers were firing on all cylinders in the third, scoring 25 points to put the game out of reach. Williams hit three shots from behind the arc and scored 12 points, while Payton Richards added 10 points of her own. Rolla picked up the pace a bit offensively for eight point, but that wasn't enough to put a dent in the West Plains lead and the Lady Zizzers went into the fourth quarter with a 56-18 lead.
Rolla had their best quarter on both sides of the ball in the fourth, but the West Plains lead was too large. The Lady Bulldogs held West Plains to nine points in the quarter, while scoring 11 of their own to finish off the contest. West Plains went on to win the game 65-29.
No Rolla players scored in double figures in the loss, with Karlee Cheesman leading the way with six points.
"We suffered from the same mistakes that have plagued us all year," said head coach Luke Floyd. "We had far too many turnovers and we were once again unable to match West Plain's energy and effort. I give a ton of credit to West Plains. They are a very well-coached team and their girls play hard for all 32 minutes. It was a disappointing game in the fact that we had a great week of practice leading up to the game, but once the game started we reverted to our same old habits. This late in the season, we'd like to see some improvement and corrections of the same mistakes we make game after game."
Rolla will look to work on those improvements, as they stay in the conference for a home matchup against Parkview on Monday, Feb. 6.
Cheesman - 6 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl; Rodgers - 5 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl; Brow - 4 pts3 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls; Pritchett - 4 pts 2 rebs; Dean - 3 pts, 4 rebs; Parsons - 3 pts; Dupes - 2 pts 1 reb, 1 stl; Garner - 2 pts; Janke - 5 rebs, 2 blks, Wells - 2 rebs