Rock Bridge’s Ashley Guy made her 3-pointers, while Smith-Cotton didn’t.
Guy’s shooting helped the Bruins come back to win 50-46 against the Tigers on Wednesday at Rock Bridge.
The game featured numerous turnovers and a variety of miscues, but the Bruins were pleased to win.
“It was a little step tonight,” Rock Bridge coach Bob Plourde said. “I’m glad we didn’t pack up and leave. When you’re three and whatever, you have no confidence. We got a little bit back today, but this was far from a pretty victory.”
Guy sparks Bruins with defense
The Bruins (4-14), trailed 43-36 with six minutes left, when Guy ignited the rally by scoring 10 points and making three timely steals. Her 3-pointer with 1:23 to go was the winner giving Rock Bridge a 47-44 lead.
Guy couldn’t take all the credit, though.
“The team did a great job of getting the ball out, seeing the open person and I just happened to be the one with the ball,” she said. “I’m glad I could put it in for the team. We needed the win.”
Smith-Cotton (6-14) jumped ahead at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a layup by Erin Moon and a pull-up jumper from Ashley Phillips.
Guy said the Bruins weren’t fazed.
“If we would have (panicked), I think we wouldn’t have come out with the score the way it is.,” she said. “I think we really kept our composure and came back when we needed to come back.”
“What I’m most proud of is that we could have folded and we didn’t,” Plourde said. “In the past, that’s what we’ve been doing when any little bit of controversy comes up as we just seem to quit and give up.”
The Tigers set the pace in the third and early fourth quarters. They outscored, outhustled, and outrebounded the Bruins.
Turnovers hurt Smith-Cotton
“We had some untimely turnovers and missed shots down the stretch,” Smith-Cotton coach Tom Ellis said. “That’s just part of the game. Sometimes you’re going to win some of those and sometimes you’re going to lose some of those.”
The game swung Rock Bridge’s way early, and it jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Tigers had trouble holding onto the ball and they committed three turnovers on their first three possessions. Rock Bridge held a 14-8 lead at the end of the first.
The Tigers trailed 28-21 at the beginning of the second half, but used solid shooting and a stiff zone defense to come back.
“Zones do stymie us cause we’re not a good shooting team at all,” Plourde said.
Guy finished with 18 points and four 3-pointers. Ashley Stanfill added seven and strong defensive play in the post for Rock Bridge. Eight Bruins contributed at least three points.
“We met as a team tonight and decided we were tired of losing,” Guy said.