Basketball season—over in a flash, four years of high school competition gone by fast, while the memories will last. Memories last a lifetime. The Rockford Rams planned to make some memories at Forest Hills Northern (FHN) on Saturday night, Jan. 23.
This non-conference match-up with FHN (5-6, 3-1) proved to be memorable for the Rockford Rams (8-2, 3-2) with a 54-50 victory. Tonight FHN was just what the Rams needed after dropping their last two contests.
Coach Yonkers’ Rams led throughout the game, leading 29-28 by half. The lead was extended further into the third quarter, however, the cushion vanished midway through the final quarter.
A full court press by Rockford proved to be FHN’s undoing late in the fourth quarter, as the Rams outscored the taller Huskies 25-22 in the final stanza.
The Rams had no answer for FHN’s Andrea Byl, their 29-point leading scorer and one-person wrecking crew, rebounding and pouring in baskets mostly around the glass. The Huskies were 18 for 30 from the foul line, while the Rams went 16 for 22. The Huskies out-rebounded the Rams on both ends of the court. The difference came via bench scoring, Rockford 18, FHN 6.
The Rams proved to be the deeper team, with eight Rams scoring: Megan Kelley 13, Caitlyn Patterson 12, Kate Huyser 7, Halle Peterson 6, Kimberly Weston 5, Andi Raymond 5, Karli Showers 4, and Allison Huyser 2. The Rams continue to do many little things to persevere while competing with taller opponents.
Tuesday night, Jan. 26, the Rams get back to OK Red conference play, traveling to meet Jenison (3-8, 0-5). Then they will travel to Muskegon on Friday, Jan. 29.