The Rolla girls basketball team (8-12, 2-3 OC) traveled to Parkview on Monday, Feb. 5. The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start, and their comeback fell a little short in a 51-47 loss.
Rolla feel behind after a rough first quarter. Parkview, who beat the Lady Bulldogs during the Smith-Cotton Tournament back in January, opened the game with a 17-point first quarter. Rolla couldn't keep the pace in the opening quarter. Loran Pritchett scored six points in the opening quarter, but the rest of the team scored just three to fall in a quick 17-9 hole.
The Lady Bulldogs fight back in the second quarter, in large part due to a lot of trips to the free throw line. Rolla shot 12 free throws in the second, making all of their attempts. Pritchett continued her great half with six more points, while Mattie Dean was a perfect 6-6 from the line. The Lady Bulldog defense held Parkview to nine points and Rolla went into the half trailing by just one points with the score at 26-25.
Rolla was able to get a little more offense from the field in the third quarter. The Lady Bulldogs scored 11 points in the third, 10 of which came from the field. Parkview was able to maintain their lead however, countering with 14 points of their own to carry a 40-36 lead into the fourth.
The Lady Bulldogs weren't ready to back down in the fourth quarter and were able to get within two points with 30 seconds left to play, but couldn't get over that final hump as Parkview closed out a 51-47 win.
"We started off very flat and fell behind in the first," said head coach Luke Floyd. "We continued to battle our way back and got within 2 with about 30 secs to play, but couldn’t close the deal. Once again, turnovers were our undoing."
As coach Floyd said, turnovers didn't do the Lady Bulldogs many favors, as they turned the ball over 22 times. Defensively, Rolla wasn't able to force many turnovers of their own, as they only collected three steals in the loss.
Pritchett led Rolla with 12 points, all of which came in the first half. She added four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Rebecca Janke and Dean each added another eight points, with all of Janke's points coming after the half. Janke tied the team lead in rebounds with nine in the loss, while Dean added two boards. Karlee Cheesman added six points, a team-high three steals, two rebounds and a steal, while Kiana Garner matched Janke in the rebound department with nine to go along with four points.
Rolla looked to bounce back with a matchup against Camdenton on Thursday, Feb. 8, but results were not available at press time. They'll continue their gauntlet through the Ozark Conference on Monday, Feb. 12 when they host Kickapoo.