Senior Anna Glynn battles with Falsons. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
ROCKFORD – it was a special night at The Rock. The Lady Ram cagers were taking on the East Kentwood Falcons, Friday, Feb. 15. Both teams came into the contest boasting the same 7-1 record in the Ok Red. The fact that it was Senior Night for the Rams added to the atmosphere to make the game even more special to the Rockford players.
The Rams found themselves trailing at the end of the first quarter by a 9-5 score. The team was having trouble making baskets. Not only in the field, but at the stripe, unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities. The good news was, the Ram defense was hot. They forced 16 Falcon turnovers in the first half alone, and they continued to play “lights out” for all four quarters. The Rams headed into the locker room at the half trailing 17-16.
At the end of the third quarter the game was knotted at 30. That’s when Ram head coach Brad Wilson talked to his team.
“I told the girls the winner is going to be whoever wants it the most during the next eight minutes,” explains Wilson. “You have to dig deep and win every 50/50 ball. Take it right at them and force the officials to blow the whistle. The team in the bonus will win. Despite being undersized by a large margin, our girls fearlessly took it to them.”
Indeed, they did. They left it all on the court. Hannah Morgan drained two monster 3-pointers to energize the team’s offense. Those free throw woes the team had in the first three quarters? The Rams went 11-for-14 at the charity stripe. As a matter of fact, the Rams outscored the Falcons 23-12 in the final stanza to clinch the 53-42 victory.
Morgan tallied 18 points on the night to pace the Rams. Anna Glynn added 13 points to the Ram cause, and Syd Reinke chipped in seven points.
The Rams are now standing alone at the top of the OK Red with an 8-1 record. It only gets better. The Rams are 13-3 overall on the season heading into post-season play. They’ll be sure to be drawing on that experience as they head into districts. But, first things first. The Lady Rams are eyeing an OK Red Conference crown.
“The win allows us to control our own destiny,” shares Wilson. “We are at Hudsonville (Feb. 19), at Grand Haven (Feb. 26) and then home against Hudsonville (Feb. 28) to close out the regular season. I could not be more proud of this team, and we will do everything we can to finish what we started.”
Senior Danielle Lamancusa with her parents. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Senior Rachel Schueller with parents and brother Brendan. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Senior Anna Glynn with her parents. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
The team cheering on the players on the floor. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Hannah Morgan gets hammered by a Falcon player. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Syd Reinke plays tough "D". ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography