Rolla defeats Lebanon in OC matchup

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon senior Alyssa Wright dives for a loose ball during a high school girls’ basketball game against the Rolla Bulldogs on Monday night in Boswell Auditorium. The Bulldogs won the contest, 71-48.


Things didn’t come easy for the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team on Monday night, losing to the Rolla Bulldogs 71-48 in an Ozark Conference showdown.

A 16-9 advantage for the Bulldogs (11-13) in the second quarter and forcing plenty of Lebanon turnovers was the turning point in the game.

With a 14 point lead at the break, Rolla extended their lead in the third-quarter to as many as 18 points and they never looked back.

For most of the night, Lebanon dealt with foul trouble, and head coach Brendan Kelley said being unable to execute their aggressive style of defense they like to play hurt them.

“Foul trouble played a big role in things,” Kelley said after the game. “Being able to play hard and aggressively is something that we talk about and stress a lot, but we did not do a good job of executing.

“A lot of our fouls came as a result of us reacting to what Rolla did and not moving on the flight of the ball. Because we play zone, we have to move and rotate as the ball is passed and we get into trouble when we stand and react to the other team after the catch has already been made. The Rolla post players did a nice job of fighting for and winning position and then creating contact on the shot.”

Kelley talked about coming into the game that he was hoping that his team would create pressure early and force turnovers.

“We were really hoping to be able to pressure Rolla into making some mistakes with the basketball early and get out and run some,” Kelley said about the game plan. “Unfortunately our aggressiveness got us into foul trouble, and we were in foul trouble most of the night. Rolla also did a nice job of handling the pressure early, and we had to back off in the second quarter.”

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