The success of any team can be measured several ways. The Rockford girls basketball team set out at the beginning of the season declaring a set of goals: play united, play and practice with a positive attitude no matter what happens, and play as a team, not as an individual. The Lady Rams accomplished all of these goals and along the way earned the title of OK Red conference champions. The success of the 2009-2010 Rams can be found in their overall 16-3 record, but a closer look finds what this team accomplished through hard work, positive attitude, and never giving up on each other.
Last Tuesday night, Feb. 23, found the Rams in jeopardy of losing an important conference game, trailing the Wildcats of Jenison by five in the final minute of play. At a timeout in the action, junior sharpshooter Britney Prins came off the bench and quickly hit a crucial three-point shot to pull the Rams within one point.
A Ram foul and Jenison free throw had the Wildcats leading by two with just seconds to play. A quick outlet pass on the failed free-throw conversion and sharp passing on offense found Ram sophomore Kimberly Weston set behind the three-point line. Weston calmly released a shot, finding the bottom of the net with 2.5 seconds left and securing a 43-42 Ram victory.
Friday night, Feb. 26, the Rams needed to win in their final OK Red game of the season versus the Muskegon Big Reds to secure a conference championship. The Rams jumped out early and never let up. They showed the attributes that have defined the team all season: unselfish play, tough defense, and strong leadership. The final score was Rams 65, Muskegon 32.
The highlight of the evening for players, fans and coaches was a rare occurrence; one not seen at Rockford High School ever before. On the home floor, and on the same night, both the Rockford girls and boys basketball teams brought home conference championships. Each player from both teams alternately had the opportunity to climb the victory ladder and cut a portion from the net, taking home a piece of their own history from two outstanding conference seasons. It was a special night and one not forgotten by those in attendance.
This week, the Lady Rams began district play against Creston at Greenville High School on Monday night, March 1. With a victory over Creston, 63-10, district play continues on Wednesday evening, March 3 at 6 p.m. against Ionia at Greenville High School.