The Rolla Lady Bulldogs won big over Hickman 55-18 and the Bulldogs fended off a brand new Capital City team 63-58.

Rolla High School hosted the Capital City Cavaliers from Jefferson City, Columbia Hickman Cupies and Eldon Lady Mustang in the BSN Basketball Tipoff.

The Rolla Lady Bulldogs won big over Hickman 55-18 and the Bulldogs fended off a brand new Cavaliers team 63-58.

Rolla vs Hickman - Girls

The Rolla Girls continued last year’s momentum with a big win over the Cupies from Hickman High School and had control the entire game.

Rolla led 17-3 after the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Hickman in the second 14-7 and led 31-11 going into halftime.

Rebecca Janke led the Bulldogs in scoring with 10 points in the first half while Ellie Rodgers added eight more. Savannah Cambell scored six points from the inside in the first half. Maci Kuchta scored all 11 points for Hickman in the first half.

Rolla continued to outscore Columbia in the third period by a 17-6 margin. The Lady Bulldogs held a 48-17 lead after the quarter and finished up with a running clock in the final quarter.

“I thought that this was a good game to start the season off with. We got a chance to work on a few things and everyone had a chance to get in the game,” Rolla coach Charley Parker said about the win and his first game as a coach at Rolla. “It was a fun game to coach. Being at this level and this atmosphere, it makes it exciting.”

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Janke who scored 16 points in the season opener. Rodgers added 11 to the win.

The Lady Cupies were led in the game by Kuchta with her 11 points while Detrinna’a Jamison scored all of Hickman’s seven points in the second half.

Rolla vs Capital City - Boys

The Bulldogs had their hands full with the Jefferson City boys with a close decision over the Cavaliers.

“What a challenging first game for us. Capital City is a brand new school and we knew very little about them,” Rolla coach Mark Miller said. “They played hard and were a very scrappy team defensively and on the boards. Plus, they could attack off the dribble extremely well. As good as they were with all of that, they shot the ball equally as well.

“They might be a new program but coach (Darrin) Young has them playing like they’ve been together for a long time. “

Rolla led 16-9 after the first period. Both teams scored 16 points in the second quarter after each began to hit open 3-point shots and the Bulldogs held a narrow 32-25 lead at halftime. Trey Brown led the Bulldogs with 12 points in the first half to lead the Bulldogs.

Capital City outscored the Bulldogs 20-15 in the third period to cut the Rolla lead to just 47-45. The Cavaliers hung around and cut the Rolla lead to just a single possession late in the game, but the Bulldogs were able to make free throws to close the win out.

Rolla’s Colby Shivers led the Bulldogs with 18 points in the win. Danny Foster scored 16 points in the game while Brown added 14 more, with most in the first half.

Capital City was led by Blake Meredith who scored 15 points. Corde Brown scored 14 and Ashden Cason put up 13 in the close loss.

“I felt like it was a mixed bag for us. I saw some things we need to work on but I also saw a lot of good things that we were pleased with and can build on,” Miller pointed out. “We have to get more aggressive on the boards and our defense needs to improve. Offensively, we’ve got to be thankful that we came away with the win because for a team that shoots the ‘Three’ so well we really struggled to hit our open looks from beyond the arc. Fortunately, we had guys step up in clutch situations and hit some pretty big shots for us. Danny Foster and Colby Shivers had a big game and we needed all they gave us.”

The coach was also fairly pleased with his bench.

“Benjamin Colench has been sick and wasn’t able to play so we were down one guy, but everyone pitched in and found a way to get the job done,” he stated.

The next game for Rolla is against Park Hill South from Kansas City in the first round of the Republic Tournament.

“This group of guys work very hard in practice and they’re extremely coachable so I really look forward to each game as we go forward and the improvements we’ll get to see individually and as a team. It’s going to be a fun season,” Miller said of the road ahead.