The Rolla girls basketball team (1-2) traveled to Jefferson City for matchup with the Lady Jays on Monday, Nov. 26. The young Lady Bulldogs struggled out of the gate and couldn't find their footing in a 63-23 loss.
The Lady Bulldogs couldn't get into any sort of offensive rhythm on Monday night. Rolla made just one field goal in the game's opening half and only added four more in the second half. They finished the first quarter in a 28-4 hole with all four points coming from the charity stripe. Jeff City, meanwhile, saw Greta Harrison go off. She buried two threes and scored 10 points in the opening quarter as the Lady Jays started to run away with the game. Rolla didn't get much more going in the second, as a three from Ellie Rodgers provided the only Lady Bulldog field goal in the opening half. Rolla's only other point came on a free throw from Rebecca Janke and they went into the half in a big 48-8 hole.
The third quarter mirrored the first, as Rolla scored just four points, all of which came from the free throw line. Jeff City added 15 more points, as their lead ballooned out to 63-12. With the running clock going, the game quickly wrapped up. Rolla had a couple of threes in the fourth and nearly doubled their point total in the final quarter, but the gap was too large. Jeff City was held scoreless in the quarter and the clock ticked away on a 63-23 Rolla loss.
Madison Mace led Rolla in scoring with seven points, all of which came in the second half. She had two field goals in the fourth quarter, which accounted for almost half of Rolla's total. Rodgers added two more on a pair of threes for six points. Savannah Campbell had the team's only other field goal, scoring three points in the fourth quarter. Taniya Corley, Carli Libhart and Loran Pritchett each added two points, all of which came on free throws, while Janke scored once from the charity stripe.
"They are a big, fast, physical, well-coached team. They couldn’t seem to do anything wrong and we couldn’t do anything right early on," said head coach Luke Floyd. "The girls never quit playing hard and we eventually found success as the game progressed. We were humbled, but will use this game as a learning experience going forward."
Rolla will look to get back in the win column when they return to their home court on Friday with their Ozark Conference opener against Springfield Central.