Rock Bridge girls basketball beats Rolla with 41-point lead

Thursday, November 29, 2012 | 10:54 p.m. CST; updated 12:00 a.m. CST, Friday, November 30, 2012
The Rock Bridge girls basketball team beat Rolla 65-24 on Thursday evening.

COLUMBIA — After losing five seniors from last season's Class 5 state championship team, the Rock Bridge girls basketball team doesn't seem to be showing any holes.

In the Bruins' first two games, they outscored their opponent by 29 and 45 points.

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4 p.m. Friday - Rock Bridge boys vs. East Kansas City at Central Kansas City High School

6 p.m. Friday - Hickman girls vs. Moberly at Columbia College (Norm Stewart Classic)

7 p.m. Friday - Hickman boys vs. Westminster at Troy Buchanan High School

5 p.m. Saturday - Hickman boys vs. Waynesville at Columbia College (Norm Stewart Classic)

8 p.m. Saturday - Rock Bridge boys vs. CBC at Columbia College (Norm Stewart Classic)

2:30 p.m. Sunday - Rock Bridge girls vs. Blue Springs at Columbia College (Norm Stewart Classic)

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In Thursday's game against Rolla, the Bruins were down an additional two players — guards Kayla Cheadle and Carly Offerdahl, but still rolled to a 65-24 victory.

With the loss of Cheadle, who has been starting at the point guard position since the season began, coach Jill Nagel had to look elsewhere on the roster to fill the position.

"We had some missing pieces tonight," Nagel said. "Things didn't quite flow as they have the last two weeks. We have to get used to new lineups and rotations though."

However, watching the way the Bruins played, it was hard to tell they had any parts missing.

Nagel said that a lot of their success comes from players doing whatever it takes to help the team. Senior Kennedy Smith stepped up when Rock Bridge was in foul trouble early in the first half, scoring six points off the bench.

Senior Hannah Dressler also took on a new role for Thursday's game. The 6-foot senior usually plays forward for the Bruins, but played guard against Rolla.

"Whatever the team needs, they do," Nagel said. "It's why they excel."

Rock Bridge ended the first half with a 40-17 lead. In the second half, the Bruins held the Bulldogs to just seven points.

During what Nagel called an "off night," junior guard Chayla Cheadle scored a team-high 12 points. Dressler, Laurie Frew and Sophie Cunningham each had nine points.

Multiple Bruins players sank shots from behind the 3-point line, something the team spent all summer working on. But Nagel said she was most pleased with her team's defensive work.

The wide turnover margin kept the Bulldogs offense stagnant and the Bruins capitalized on their steals, making a lot of points off of breakaway layups.

"Defense creates offense," Nagel said. "We rely on steals. We were able to create a lot of turnovers tonight and that's great."

The Bruins will take on Blue Springs at 2 :30 p.m. Sunday at the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College's Arena at Southwell Complex.

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