Who wants to rebound, block out, play tough defense, hit the open Ram with a pass, dive for a loose ball, or share the ball? These are items that won’t show up in the box score, but are essential to winning a basketball game. Midseason OK Red competition continues, and the Rams continued to weave these attributes into their game plan. The Rams hope to challenge and return to the top of the OK Red standings this week. Rockford played home and road games this past week against conference opponents Jenison and Muskegon.
The Rams came away with a 38-34 victory against a pesky Jenison Wildcat team on Tuesday, Jan. 26. What looked on paper to be a easy win was anything but. A win is a win, even if Jenison made it a hard-fought and ugly one. The Wildcats’ new head coach Mark Dobrzynski employed a tight zone defense in all four quarters, which Rockford found difficult to exploit. It turned into a low-scoring affair, but as usual the Rams found a way. The Rams were led in scoring by senior Caitlyn Patterson with 13 points.
The halftime score favored Rockford, 17-15.
The entire second half turned into a dog fight. Late into the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 29-29, Megan Kelley hit a pressure packed three-pointer to put the Rams up for keeps. With Kelley’s go-ahead bucket at the 3:10 mark, the Rams coasted home.
Each Ram player on the floor made significant contributions in gaining their fourth league win (4-2, 9-2). Scoring for Rockford were Patterson (13), Kelley (8), Allison Huyser (8), Kimberly Weston (6), Halle Peterson (2), and Karli Showers (1). The Rams were 9 for 13 from the foul line, while Jenison was only 6 for 13.
Friday, Jan. 29 found the Rams (10-2, 5-2) on the road once more in a match up with Muskegon. The Lady Rams rolled into Muskegon firing on all cylinders as they claimed a 65-29 victory. After the narrow win at Jenison the same week, this event wasn’t even close, as Rockford put up a season high 65 points.
Rockford shared the ball well, passing to the open player, as 10 Rams were in the scoring column. Rockford outscored the Big Reds in each quarter, holding a 30-12 advantage by half. Rockford scored 21 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth on their way to playing everyone dressed in orange and black.
Kelley led the way with 15 points, followed by Peterson (12), Rachael Henry (12), Patterson (8), Brittany Prins (5), Weston (4), Katherine Huyser (4), Allie Hickox (2), Hannah Rocheleau (2), and A. Huyser (1). The Rams continue to deliver from the foul line 17 for 25, the Big Reds 13 for 23.
The Rams have a big week in conference play, hosting East Kentwood Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. and then a road game against OK Red conference leader West Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 5. Each game now becomes increasingly significant as the race for the OK Red championship begins to take shape.