Culberson helps Jays crush Bruins

The Jefferson City forward scores 30, many on passes from Aisha Thomas.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Brianna Culberson outscored Rock Bridge.

For the first half, at least.

Culberson, a Jefferson City sophomore, led the Lady Jays to a 74-42 victory Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Culberson, a 5-foot-10 forward, dominated inside, scoring a career-high 30 points. She had 20 by halftime, leading the Lady Jays to a 37-17 advantage.

“I was focused and my teammates played really well,” Culberson said. “I got a lot of good passes from Aisha (Thomas).”

Thomas, who finished with six points, set up many of Culberson’s baskets, feeding the ball to her in the post from the wing. When the ball went into the post for Jefferson City (12-3) in the first half, it often meant a spin move and a score.

Jefferson City coach Doug Light attributed much of the Jays’ success against Rock Bridge to Thomas’s outstanding performance.

“Aisha gave us something really special tonight,” Light said.

“She did a great job of defending (Ashley) Guy, who can score if you give her an inch.”

Culberson scored Jefferson City’s first nine points, but the Lady Jays trailed 10-7 midway through the first quarter.

Jefferson City then went on an 11-0 run and never trailed, taking a 22-12 lead into the second quarter.

Rock Bridge put together an 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter. Two Rachel Jones layups led the offense during the stretch and good interior defense stymied Culberson and 6-1 center Alice Parker.

Sophomore forward Jestine Gerber also played well for the Lady Jays. She scored 11 and had six rebounds.

Guy and Jones led the Bruins (3-9) with 10 points apiece.

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