COLUMBIA — The Webster Winter Challenge in Webster Groves turned out to be a challenge in more ways than one.
The Rock Bridge girls basketball team was scheduled to begin its tournament last Tuesday, but because of last week's snowstorm the first game was delayed two days.
The snow also confined Bruins players to their homes for the days leading up to the game.
“We didn’t practice,” Bruins coach Jill Nagel said. “We hadn’t touched a ball in four days.”
But the Bruins didn’t let the weather stop them from beating a few good teams on the way to a second-place finish.
The Bruins began tournament play Thursday against host Webster Groves and won 53-39. Carmen Boessen led the Bruins with 14 points.
In the semifinals Friday, the Bruins earned a 52-33 victory over Fort Zumwalt West, which was No. 5 in the Missouri Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Class 5 rankings entering the game. The leading scorer for the Bruins was Chayla Cheadle with 12 points.
In the championship game Saturday, the Bruins fell to No. 2-ranked St. Joseph’s Academy, 52-33. It was the third straight game in three days for the Bruins, but Nagel said she didn’t think fatigue had anything to do with the loss.
“I think you just had to give credit to their team," Nagel said. “They are a very good team with a lot of length.”
Nagel also said her team’s inability to control the ball was costly.
“We turned the ball over several times," Nagel said. “They also shot 50 percent from three, and that combines for a loss.”
Hannah Dressler, the team’s leading rebounder, was also their leading scorer against St. Joseph’s Academy, notching 12 points. It was the second straight year the Bruins have placed second in the tournament.