The Rolla girls basketball team (1-1) faced off against a District foe when they made a trip to Sullivan on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Lady Bulldogs took a lead into halftime, but couldn't find their shot in the second half in a 51-42 loss.
The first half was a back and forth affair on Tuesday night. Sullivan got out to a hot start with 17 points in the opening frame on the back of nine points from Mallory Shetley. Rolla scored 11 of their own in the quarter thanks to four free throws, but trailed by six at the end of the quarter. While the Lady Eagles won the first quarter, Rolla ran away with the second. The Lady Bulldogs hit a trio of threes and both Ellie Rodgers and Savannah Campbell scored seven points in the quarter. Rolla put up 21 points in the quarter and stormed into the second half with a 32-26 lead.
After the break, Rolla went flat. The Lady Bulldogs managed to score just 10 points in the entire second half. They hit just one of eight free throw attempts and couldn't find the offensive flow they had in the second quarter. Sullivan was able to tie the game through three quarters, before scoring 15 points in the fifth to take down the Lady Bulldogs 51-42.
"The girls played really hard, we just got beat," said head coach Luke Floyd. "Sullivan was very physical and made life difficult for us on both ends of the floor. The second half, we just couldn’t get shots to fall when we needed them."
Campbell led Rolla in scoring with 10 points, while adding two steals and a block. Rodgers and Loran Pritchett each added nine points with Rodgers also grabbing four rebounds and a block. Pritchett had three steals and a block. Carli Libhart had six points, all of which came in the first half, to go along with a block and a steal. Taniya Corley had three points and led the team in rebounding with seven. She also had a steal and a block.
Rolla will look to get back on track with a trip to Jeff City on Monday, Nov. 26.