Lebanon falls to Rock Bridge in Sectionals

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon junior Jenna Glendenning dribbles the ball up the court during a high school girls’ basketball Sectional game against the Rock Bridge Bruins on Wednesday night at State Fair Community College. The Bruins won the contest, 64-56.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

SEDALIA — Despite an outstanding first half of basketball, the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team fell short in the Class 5 playoffs against Columbia-Rock Bridge on Wednesday night in Sedalia, losing 54-46.

Lebanon jumped out on the Bruins early, scoring the games first seven points just a minute and a half into the contest and led by as many as eight in the first quarter. Missed shots, turnovers, and offensive rebounds proved costly for the ‘Jackets as Rock Bridge climbed back into the game and cut the deficit to just one point heading into halftime.

“We kind of jumped on them (Rock Bridge) and had them down by seven, and then we got really impatient with our offense,” Lebanon head coach Jacky Payne said. “We came down the court and made one or two passes and had to put something up, and that works against a good team until you stop hitting them and they rebound it and go down to the other end and score.

“I will give Rock Bridge some credit because at halftime because they got more physical with us in the second quarter and it bothered some of our players … we got too worried about that, but you have to be able to play the game at all different types of levels and all different types of games.”

Rock Bridge (18-9 overall) started the third quarter on a 7-1 run to take a 28-23 lead before the ‘Jackets got a layup from senior Skylyr Leake but heading into the final quarter, trailed by seven points.

A fourth-quarter comeback was in full effect as Lebanon got five straight points from senior Kamryn Mack to cut the Bruins’ lead to just two points, but Rock Bridge answered with a 9-4 run and converted two technical free throws to put the game out of reach.

“It is a disappointing game because if you watch this basketball game on any given night, I think we would win five, and they would win five,” Payne said. “You hate to be this close and let one get away from you.”

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