Lady Bruins can’t match up with Rock Falls

PERU — Playing hard and giving it your all isn’t always enough to pull out a victory as the St. Bede Lady Bruins found out Saturday afternoon in Peru, they fell to the Rock Falls Lady Rockets 44-30

Being in the right spots offensively and defensively didn’t translate into points as the Lady Bruins struggled to execute against the quicker and more physical style of play the Lady Rockets brought to the court Saturday.

“It’s the team, it’s the match up. They were quicker at more positions than we were. They’re used to playing a more physical style of ball,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said. “You want challenges, you want to take on physical teams and take on tough teams, I do anyway, cause it’s going to make us better as long as we take the lesson, learn from it and move on from there.”

Points were hard to come by for the Lady Bruins as they finished out the first half with only 12 points on five field goals, including two three-pointers by senior guard Laura Sickley as she scored 6 of the first eight St. Bede points.

St. Bede trailed the entire game except for a 40-second span when they took an 8-6 lead on a three-pointer by Sickley at the 2:47 mark of the first quarter.

This lead was quickly lost as St. Bede couldn’t find an answer for the post play of Lady Rockets junior forward Bailey Schrader who scored on back-to-back plays in the paint to take a 10-8 lead at 1:52 in the first, a lead the Lady Rockets would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

Schrader was key part to the Rock Falls success as she frustrated the Lady Bruins defense in the post.

St. Bede looked to make a comeback in the third quarter as sophomore center Hanna Bima scored the first two baskets of the half cutting the Rock Falls lead to 3 making the score 19-16 at the 4:25 mark.

Lady Bruins senior forward Sophie Carus would sink a free throw to make the score 19-17 and that would be the closest St. Bede would get for the rest of the contest as Rock Falls would slowly add to their lead for the remainder of the game.

Free throws were a big part of Rock Falls success as they shot 75 percent from the line on 15 of 20 shooting including nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Schrader had a game-high 16 points for Rock Falls. St. Bede senior guard Kelsey Thompson added nine points leading the way for the Lady Bruins.

“We were getting in good spots offensively and defensively but it comes down to finishing plays,” McGunnigal said, “Hopefully, defensively we’ll pick it up and get there, offensively we’ve got to score more points we’re not an offensive juggernaut by any stretch of the imagination but I know we’re better than the points we scored today.”

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