Oh my,……. how these Rockford fans love their Lady Rams. How could you not when they refuse to give up or give in. Last Tuesday the Rams found a new way to win. East Kentwood traveled to Rockford for a conference match up. The Falcons began the contest with a full court press then switched into man defense on their way to an early 8-16 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Kentwood hit the boards furiously taking numerous second and third chance shots while limiting the Rams to only one shot per trip. During the second quarter The Rams tightened up defensively scoring ten points while holding the Falcons to only six. Kentwood’s shot selection became somewhat dubious and by intermission Rockford had closed the gap, trailing 18-22.
During the second half Rockford struggled to find their shooting touch but continued to hold Kentwood at bay defensively. The Falcons scored only seven third quarter points. Refusing to go away Rockford finished out the third quarter down 26-29. Now the excitement began to build as The Lady Rams made their move. Midway through the fourth quarter, a Ram steal and pass to Kimberly Weston for an open three pointer put the Rams on the move. The game was far from over when Caitlyn Patterson was fouled with 2:15 left on the clock. Patterson calmly stepped to the line, making two “nothing but net” pressure foul shots tying the game 32-32. With 16 seconds remaining Kentwood made a charity shot from the line going ahead 33-32. Rockford turned the ball over with 10.4 seconds on the clock. Kentwood called time out to set up an in bounds play. Kentwood’s Dobbins was immediately fouled on the in bounds pass. Dobbins foul shot rimed out into Rockford’s hands. Rams Coach Jessica Yonkers signaled time out with 6.5 seconds left setting up the Rams last chance play. The ball was in bounded to Kimberly Weston who worked her way down the length of the court pulling up 12 feet from the basket, her shot banged around the iron and with no time on the clock found it’s way through, Rockford wins 34-33.
Scoring for Rockford: Al Huyser 7, Halle Peterson 7,Kimberly Weston 5, Megan Kelley 5, Caitlyn Patterson 4, Rachael Henry 4 and Karli Showers 2. From the charity line the Rams were 7/10 while the Falcons were 11/15. East Kentwood coach Lori Young said ” We need to learn how to win, we’re a young team and improving we just need to learn how to finish. Our team became rattled near the end, we’ll improve”
As the season nears the back stretch the Lady Rams improve their record to (6-2)(11-2).
On Friday February 5th, Rockford’s Lady Rams took a long bus ride over to West Ottawa Friday night needing a win to match the Panthers atop the OK-Red Conference. The league leading Panthers were waiting with a home crowd packed to the rafters. It was “All Out Pink Out” the Panthers and their supporters were dressed in pink with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The stage had been set as the Rams were to face not only league leading West Ottawa but a hostile environment.
The Rams held their composure in spite of the rancorous surroundings taking a 12-8 advantage in the first quarter. Rockford’s outside shooting was cold throughout the first half matched only by West Ottawa’s poor foul shooting going only 2 of 9 from the line. Defensively The Rams would not allow West Ottawa any easy shots inside or from long range. Rockford took a 22-16 half time lead to the locker room along with three Rams in foul trouble.
The third quarter became the Megan Kelley show in a game not for the faint of heart as she put up (11) of her game high (15) points hitting all outside baskets. Kelley received help from Caitlyn Patterson’s (9) points. Seniors Allison Huyser (8) and Kate Huyser (7). Sophomore Kimberly Weston playing point guard and forward at times, totaled (13) hitting 8 for 8 from the foul line. Sophomore Rachel Henry chipped in with (2) in the first half.
Rockford out scored the Panthers 17-12 in the third quarter leading 39-28. With 4:50 remaining in the game the Rams were 13 points ahead only to see their advantage dwindle to only 5 points with 2:10 left on the game clock. The Panthers forced into fouling, in an effort to gain ball possession made a fatal mistake as once again the Rams delivered going 19 for 22 (86%) from the line.
Rockford held on defeating West Ottawa 54-47 pulling into a tie with the Panthers for the OK-Red Conference lead (7-2). Three Panthers were in double figures Trammell 10, Bustillos 13 and Overway 12. Afterwards Panthers Coach Jonathon Goei showing disappointment said ” That is a very good team we played tonight. Very tough team Rockford, we played with effort and talent but we seemed to lack the heart to get the job done”.
The Lady Rams (12-2) (7-2) travel Tuesday, February 9 to Grandville for a 7 p.m. tip off with the Bulldogs.