The journey has come to an end for Rolla.

The journey has come to an end for Rolla. 

The Class 4 District 9 champions met Helias Catholic in a state sectional game Tuesday night in familiar territory on the campus of Missouri S&T where the Bulldogs and Crusaders battled for the right to go to the state quarterfinals. Ultimately, that bid came up short in a 51-37 defeat.

Rolla never held the lead but kept things close and remained in striking distance for most of the night. It was a 23-19 game at halftime, but Helias maintained its composure and pushed the lead up to 33-25 by the start of the fourth quarter. From there, the Bulldogs effectively ran out of gas as the Crusaders led by as much as 17 points before the end. 

Trey Brown led Rolla with 16 points in the season finale as the Bulldogs finish the year 12-17.