The Rockland High School Lady Bulldogs capped off a stellar season with a third place trophy at the state tournament, coming oh-so-close to winning it all.
Playing at Nampa High School, the Lady Bulldogs started strong, beating Kendrick handily, 48-37 on the first day of the tournament, Thursday, Feb. 20. It was a good win for them, said Coach Vern Nelson. Kendrick took second in state last year, and reaturned with nearly the same team.
Stefani McClanahan picked up her game, scoring 20 points to lead the team in scoring. Savanah Farr scored 16, Mesa Farr scored nine, Cierra O’Brien scored two and Tiffini Lee scored one.
The Rockland girls then had their hands full in their second game, taking on perennial state champion Dietrich on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs turned it on early and took a 21-17 lead into the locker room at the half.
Dietrich fought back, laying it on strong after the halftime break, and at the end of three the Rockland squad trailed by one, 28-27. The fourth quarter proved to be a defensive slugfest and the Lady Bulldogs pulled ahead 34-32 as the game neared its end, but a last ditch three point attempt by Dietrich found the bottom of the net to send the Rockland girls to the consolation game, losing 35-34.
Savanah Farr led the Lady Bulldogs with 13, followed by McClanahan with 10, Kelsey Glenn with seven, and O’Brien and Lee with two points each.
Dietrich won the state title after knocking off Mackay in the championship game.
Rockland entered the consolation game on Saturday still with something to prove and behind another strong game by Savanaha Farr they did just that. Farr scored 21 points, brought down 11 rebounds and dished off eight assists to lift the Lady Bulldogs over Lighthouse Christian 37-34 for the third place trophy.
Nelson said he couldn’t have been more proud of his squad for coming back after the heartbreaking loss on Friday. Several players had their best game of the season in that third place game, he said. McClanahan had another strong game for the Lady Bulldogs scoring eight points. Lee and Glenn each chipped in four points in the winning effort. Lee led a particurlarly strong effort to stop the Lighthouse lead scorer, Nelson said.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the season 22-3 and with the third place state finish capped off the program’s best year in memory.