Terrell Turner gave Rock Bridge a boost.
The Bruins trailed by eight after the first quarter, but Turner, a Bruins guard, helped narrow the deficit with eight points in the second quarter.
His game-high 19 points led Rock Bridge to a 52-35 win against Camdenton in the second round of the Class 5 District 10 Tournament on Thursday night at Hickman.
The win advances the Bruins into the district championship on Saturday. They will play Jefferson City, which beat Helias in Thursday’s late game.
Turner said Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon told the Bruins to take advantage of the room Camdenton was giving them and drive to the basket. By the end of the first half the Bruins had cut the Lakers’ lead to 22-21.
The Bruins started the third quarter with energy. Turner set the pace early when he was fouled on a drive to the basket and converted a three-point play. The play started a 12-0 Bruins run.
“We all picked it up,” Turner said. “Defensively, offensively, everybody, we were there helping each other out.”
Lakers’ guard Luice Shaw hit two 3-pointers at the end of the quarter to close the Bruins’ lead to 36-30.
The Bruins, though, took advantage of the Lakers’ foul trouble and expanded their lead in the fourth quarter. After reaching the bonus in the opening minutes of the quarter, Rock Bridge made five free throws.
The Bruins also held Camdenton to one field goal in the fourth.
All of Camdenton’s starters were held to less than 10 points. Shaw came off the bench and led the Lakers with 13 points.
Scanlon said he was pleased with forwards John Stull and Brett Gifford’s effort.
“Our big guys played really well inside,” Scanlon said. “(Camdenton) couldn’t score. We stopped them and that was important.”
Stull finished the game with six points and Gifford added four.
The game marked the first time the two started together. Stull said playing with Gifford was a chance they normally do not have.
“It was a great opportunity for us,” Stull said. “We were really fortunate. Especially because we’re the two main big guys, and we have to split time.”
Scanlon said his bench gave Rock Bridge an added advantage. The Bruins used fresh players to wear down the Lakers, which put them into foul trouble.
The win avenges losses to Camdenton on Dec. 7 and in last year’s distri