Rock Bridge fades in second half

Sunday, February 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:11 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

After Saturday’s game, Rock Bridge coach Bob Plourde walked straight from the postgame locker room to his office. He wasn’t smiling. He wasn’t talking. His face was red and his steps were brisk.

Plourde was frustrated and he had every right to be. His team was sluggish and sloppy in the second half during a 56-34 loss against Vashon at Rock Bridge.

Plourde’s frustrations went beyond his team.

“Obviously I’m not preparing them in practice for the competition they’re going to meet,” Plourde said. “It just doesn’t seem like I’m doing the job this year. If I was Rock Bridge, I’d fire me. It’s just that simple.”

The “that” included 34 turnovers and a second half meltdown. Leading 22-19 at halftime, the Wolverines (9-6) intensified their pressure in the second half and opened with a 12-2 run.

In many ways, the Bruins resembled the 10- to 12-year-old girls who played at halftime. Rock Bridge had a tough time dribbling. It struggled passing.

“There’s no reason a team at varsity level does things like that,” Plourde said.

Nevertheless, Rock Bridge (3-13) attempted to respond in the third quarter. Junior Ashley Stanfill scored on back-to-back possessions and freshman Ashley Dressler capped a 6-0 run, scoring on a Cameo Holly miss. That’s when fatigue set in and the Bruins’ rally was thwarted with their soft defense.

Vashon ended the third quarter on a 9-3 run and shot 10-for-15 from the field in the quarter, with most points scored around the basket.

“We’re just out of shape, horribly out of shape, and if a team’s out of shape it’s the coach’s fault,” Plourde said. “I don’t know if it’s passed me by or what. I’m just not preparing them the way they need to be prepared.”

In the fourth quarter, Plourde said the package came unraveled. Rock Bridge committed 11 turnovers and scored four points, a far cry from the Bruins team that led 14-9 in the second quarter.

“It was hard because we got behind and started to struggle a little bit and we couldn’t get back up,” Stanfill said. “I think we should have won that game, but I think it was one of those games where we just gave up.”

Ashley Guy, Rock Bridge’s lone senior, finished with a team-high 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting. Vashon held Guy to one second-half field goal attempt with a box-in-one defense, something Guy said she had never experienced before. Dressler added six points and six rebounds.

“We have tough time with a regular defense let alone a some kind of freak defense,” Plourde said.

LaQuanda Johnson led the Wolverines, scoring 17 of her 19 in the second half. Jaleesa Butler had 11 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.

“The team’s not getting the job done,” Plourde said. “This is not a 3-whatever team. We’ve got better ability than that.”

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