The freshman Lady Rams are enjoying an undefeated season. ~ Contributed Photo
ROCKFORD – While the temperatures fell and winter embedded itself in the Michigan countryside, there was a team that was working hard every day on the hardcourt. There hasn’t been a lot said about them publicly, but let this article serve notice. Ernie Ramirez’s girls freshman basketball team is tearing up the competition – to the tune of going 7-0 on their season thus far.
The Rams have mowed down the competition, winning five of those seven games by 20 points or more. To kick off their season, the team dominated Spring Lake 40-17, then mowed down Northview 55-33. Mona Shores gave the team a bit of a challenge, but Rockford still came out on the right end of a 29-23 score. That game seemed to make the Rams even hungrier for more “W”s, as they topped Muskegon 45-24. The team then decimated Forest Hills Eastern 54-10, and rolled over Wayland 58-27, in Cornerstone University’s Holiday Tournament.
Would entering the OK Red schedule trip up the Rams? Forget about it! The team faced off against West Ottawa to kick off their conference season at home Thursday, Jan. 3. Again, the Rams came out on the winning end, topping the Panthers by a score of 39-35. That’s how they’ve earned their 7-0 record so far this season.
Impressive accomplishments, considering four freshmen were pulled up to JV, and three were pulled up to varsity before the season even started. After all, it’s all about the building the Rams basketball program, and all three levels are doing very well.
But, this particular team has some serious mojo going on.
Maybe it’s because they all have cool nicknames. Coach Ramirez rattled them off with ease… Natalie (Lunch Box) Barr, Gavi (Little G) Bultman, Nikky (2K) Potter, Sophia (Smooth) Smith, Emily (M) Main, Mackenzie (Joker) Delacher, Ellie (Swiper) Obenauf, Zoe (Riddler) Hazzlewood, Evelyn (Cookie) Grimm, Mara (Ming Ming) Sweeney, and Elise (West) Whitaker.
How can you NOT have fun on a team where you have a sweet nickname? But, it’s more than fun, it seems to be a culture with Ramirez’s Rams. They like to win.
“Mackenzie Delacher, Sophia Smith, Natalie Barr and Elise Whitaker have all stepped up their games and assisted in leading the other freshmen to new levels of competitiveness,” shared Ramirez. “It’s all about the whole team’s commitment to win and compete even after the movement of the seven freshmen to upper classes.”
The moves have obviously made everyone better as a player – those who got pulled up - and those who got a chance to play because of the openings. It’s what strong programs do – develop those who want to play and hone their skills.
The Rams will defend their undefeated season on their home turf – er, court – Thursday, Jan. 10, against Caledonia at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to come out and cheer on your Rams.
Maybe you’ll even get a cool nickname.
Tag(s): Basketball - Girls