The Rolla eighth grade girls basketball teams finished their season with the Rolla Tournament Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 22-24. The A and B team both played in the tournament, finishing their seasons with undefeated records.
The A team opened up the tournament against Camdenton with a great game on both sides of the ball. After getting out to an 8-4 lead through a quarter of play, they extended their lead to 21-10 at the half with a 13 point second. Rolla held Camdenton to single figures in each quarter on their way to a 48-31 win.
Carli Libhart led the way in the victory with 14 points, while Savannah Campbell added 12 and Tanyia Colley added another nine.
The B team then opened the tournament against Lebanon on Tuesday. Lebanon got out to an early lead with nine first quarter points, which carried into a 16-13 lead at the half. The second half was all Rolla, as the Lady Bulldogs held Lebanon to 10 points in the entire first half. Rolla outscored that 10 points in the third quarter alone, taking a 23-21 lead into the fourth before winning 35-26.
Sara Coverdell and Riley Wassilak led the was in the win with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Madison Rogers added another six points in the win.
The A team faced Joel E Barber in the tournament semi-final, rolling to a 52-24 win. Rolla scored in double figures in each of the first three quarters on their way to a dominant win. Campbell led all scorers with 17 points, while Libhart added another 11. Seven players scored for Rolla in the win, each scoring at least four points.
The other semi-final was a matchup between the Rolla B team and Waynesville. Strong defense helped Rolla get out to a 9-2 lead after a quarter of play and they maintained that lead throughout the entire game. The Lady Bulldogs went on to win the game 42-31. Wassilak had a fantastic game for Rolla with 20 points in the victory. Coverdell added another eight points in the victory.
There was no championship played, as it was set to be a matchup of the Rolla teams. As a result, both teams were able to finish their seasons with perfect records. The A team finished the year 12-0, while the B team was 8-0.
"Our undefeated season, both A and B teams, is a remarkable accomplishment," said head coach Kaitlin Jones. "These girls have worked extremely hard to end with a perfect season and our record is proof of their hard work and dedication. But the one thing the books won’t show, is how amazing this group of girls are off the court."
Coach Jones enjoyed the season she had with these girls and hopes their success carries into the high school level.
"It has been a fun season and I am lucky to have been their coach this season," said coach Jones. "It is my hope that these girls will continue their basketball successes through teamwork to continue our Rolla Lady Bulldog basketball traditions."
The Lady Bulldogs will be honored for their perfect season during the varsity girls' game against Glendale on Thursday, Feb. 15. It will also be Senior Night for Rolla.