By RANDY GREGORY
It was close for a half on Friday, February 22nd at Rockford. The Rams held a narrow 8-7 lead after eight minutes and increased it only incrementally by making it a 22-18 Rockford lead when the two teams headed for the locker room. But the third quarter featured a barrage of three-pointers from Rockford and stretched the Ram lead to 47-27 after the stanza concluded and eliminate any suspense as to the ultimate outcome. The final period featured plenty of playing time for every able body on the Ram roster and Rockford cruised to the 63-42 OK Red victory.
The good news was that the win left the Rams at 6-3 in conference play and 13-6 overall. The bad news was that both East Kentwood and Hudsonville won their contests to eliminate the Rams from a chance at sharing a piece of the OK Red crown. The best the Rams can do is win their final contest at Grandville on Thursday, February 28th and finish tied for second with the loser of the East Kentwood versus Hudsonville contest.
“It was a nice win tonight,” said Rockford coach Nick Allen. “Any win in the OK Red is a good win and I thought the kids came out and competed hard tonight. We still have some goals ahead of us that we would like to accomplish and that begins with our next game against Grandville.”
Chase Fairchild led Rockford with 16 points and Casey Watters added 15. Chad Carlson and Robert Holmes just missed joining them in double figures with 8 points apiece.
And finally after waiting for what seems to have been an eternity, the Rams know their opponent in the first contest of the Class A Michigan High School Athletic Association district at Lowell. The Rams will square off with Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, March 4th. The Huskies stand at 12-6 overall and will present a formidable hurdle as the Rams look to make a return trip to East Lansing after last season’s stirring run to the state title contest.