Rock Bridge girls basketball team advances to tournament final

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | 9:41 p.m. CST

 JEFFERSON CITY — Rock Bridge girls basketball player Lindsey Cunningham has dealt with sprains before, so when she re-aggravated her jammed index finger against Lee's Summit West on Tuesday night, she knew she had nothing to worry about. 

While Cunningham said the injury bothered her slightly, the junior did not let it show Wednesday night against Helias, and she led the Bruins in scoring for the second consecutive time.
Cunningham's 13 points and a flurry of steals helped Rock Bridge defeat Helias 54-23 in the semifinals of the Holiday Hoops Invitational. The victory advances the Bruins to the championship for the third year in a row. The Bruins will face Liberty at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson City High School.
The second straight double-digit win improves the Bruins to 6-3 and marks the second consecutive time that Rock Bridge has put forth a commanding defensive performance.
“She (coach Jill Nagel) likes Rock Bridge being known for our defense,” Cunningham said. “That’s our main focus every day in practice.”
“(Nagel) says defense is our backbone. Defense is what we should be proud of, so its all about heart, and I think we all have a lot of it,” junior Carmen Boessen said. “Its not about how much skill you have, its about how much you’re willing to . . . put it all out there.”
If defense wins championships, the Bruins should have nothing to worry about come Thursday with gutsy performances like that of Cunningham’s.
“We played very well defensively,” Nagel said. “We tried to fix some things up over Christmas and get back to more of a defensive mindset and I think you saw that.”

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