The eighth grade Rolla girls basketball team (9-0) played in the Lebanon Tournament Jan. 8-17, playing in three games during the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs swept the tournament, beating Rogersville in the championship 44-30 on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
The Lady Bulldogs kicked off the tournament against the host school on Monday, Jan. 8. Rolla dominated Lebanon from start to finish. The Lady Bulldogs got out to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in a 49-26 win.
Rolla had eight players score in the win, with Savannah Campbell leading the way with 15 points. Madison Rogers and Carli Libhart each added another nine points.
Rolla didn't slow down in the second round, when they faced off against Marshfield on Friday, Jan. 12. The eighth grade Lady Bulldogs were phenomenal on both sides of the ball in a 41-15 victory. Rolla had one shutout quarter defensively, when they kept Marshfield off the scoreboard in the second to go into the half with an 18-4 lead. They ran away with things in the second half with 23 points in the second half.
Campbell had another great game for Rolla with 12 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Emma Floyd added another seven points, while Tanyia Corley and Libhart both chipped in with another six points.
The Lady Bulldogs' closest game of the tournament came in the championship against Rogersville on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Rolla lead throughout the entire contest thanks to a great first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs got out to a quick 13-6 lead in the first quarter thanks to a five-point performance from Libhart and another four points from Campbell. Rogersville fought back with 13 points in the second quarter, but Rolla managed to hold onto a 22-19 lead at the half.
Rolla was able to run away with things after the half with stellar defense, holding Rogersville to just 11 points after the half. The Lady Bulldogs scored 22 points after halftime to take the championship 44-30.
Libhart was fantastic for Rolla in the championship, scoring 16 points with a pair of threes in the win. Campbell added 10 more points, while Madison Mace scored another seven and Floyd chipped in five.
"These young ladies continue to improve with everyone contributing," said head coach Kaitlin Jones. "They are unselfish and teamwork is one of their strengths, which makes them successful. In this tournament, the girls showed determination and a will to win. I am proud them."
The undefeated Lady Bulldogs will look to finish off their undefeated season in the championship of the Rolla Tournament on Friday, Jan. 26.