Ram Syd Reinke works down the court. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
ROCKFORD – The Lady Rams took on an incredibly talented Grand Haven team on the hardcourt, Wednesday, Feb. 13, and came away with a huge victory. The Bucs came into Rockford with an impressive 13-1 record, their only loss was a 2-point one at the hands of West Ottawa. That didn’t seem to faze the Rams, however, as they played their best game of the season, earning a double overtime 59-49 team victory. The win moves Rockford’s overall record to 12-3 and their OK Red record to 7-1.
“It was an unbelievable game,” said Ram head coach Brad Wilson after the game. “Grand Haven is the best team we have played all year. We knew we had to play perfect to win. Despite all the snow days and distractions, our girls came to play with tremendous effort and heart. It was a complete team effort. Almost an out of body experience. The girls played as if their hair was on fire.”
The Rams came out fast and furious and earned a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bucs answered back in the second, however, and whittled the lead down to just one point, with the Rams holding the slim 25-24 lead at the half time buzzer. The third quarter was all about defense from both teams, as only nine points total were scored from both teams. The end of the third stanza showed the scoreboard lit up at 30-28, Rams. A lot more scoring happened in the fourth, as both teams put up some points, and at the final buzzer the game was knotted at 41. The first overtime was another low scoring affair, and at the buzzer it was knotted again at 45-45. The second overtime was all Rams as they mounted an offensive onslaught that garnered the team 14 incredible points, while the defense crashed down to hold the Bucs to just four. Rockford earned the huge victory in the second OT by a 59-49 score.
Syd Reinke paced the Rams with 14 points. Hannah Morgan chipped in 11 points and Madi Kleefisch tallied nine points to help the Ram cause.
“Before the game I told them life is about opportunities, and we had a huge one here in front of us,” concluded Wilson. “The question was what would they do with it? It goes without saying that I am so proud of our girls!”
Next up for the Rams is a home contest against conference foe East Kentwood (7-1). Rockford will be looking to avenge a mid-January loss to the Falcons. The game is slated for Friday, Feb. 15, with tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Madi Kleefisch drains a free throw. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
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