Rock Bridge girls basketball claims back-to-back district championships

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | 11:34 p.m. CST; updated 12:36 a.m. CST, Friday, February 27, 2009

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team claimed the Class 5, District 9 championship Thursday night with a 45-21 victory over Troy-Buchanan in Wentzville.

“We are very excited about winning back-to-back district championships,” said Rock Bridge head coach Jill Nagel said by phone.

The Bruins got off to a slow start offensively, but used a solid defense to stay in the game. Rock Bridge held Troy Buchanan (16-11) to 14 points

the first half and seven in the second half.

Despite the slow start, the Bruins ended up dominating the scoreboard with Amaya Williams collecting 22 points and Katherine Harry added another 13. Rock Bridge led 23-14 at the half.

“You can always break a defense,” Nagel said, “and we did.”

Nagel said even though Williams and Harry stood out in the scorebook, she considered it a team victory.

They may have been the two leaders, but it takes everyone to get them the ball," Nagel said. "Just because their names don't show up in the stats, doesn't mean they weren't a a big part of the game. It takes all five on the floor."

Besides the success at the district level, Nagel also noted that this season has been the fourth straight year Rock Bridge (23-4) has won 21 games or more. She said that is something that Harry and the Bruins other two seniors, Kelsey Eckenrode and Rachel Rutter, are proud of.

"I thought if we played the way we did all season, we would come out with a win," Nagel said. "I’m very proud of the kids. They worked hard all season. We set this goal back in November, and you have to play 26 games before you even get to play this one.”

The Bruins will have Friday off to rest. However they will begin practicing again Saturday morning. Nagel said that her team will set some new goals and turn their focus to next Wednesday's sectional competition against either Jefferson City or Waynesville.

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