By JOHN RAFFEL
Rockford’s girls basketball team enters January with a 3-4 record but coach Jessica Yonkers is confident of having plenty of success in upcoming months.
“We played 7 non-conference games in December and had a great month of practice leading up to the conference season,” Yonkers said. “We played an extremely tough non-conference schedule, competing against many of the other top teams in West Michigan including Grand Rapids Christian, Catholic Central, Mona Shores and East Grand Rapids. Our strength of schedule will help us prepare for a tough OK-Red Conference.”
The Rams had opened the season with a 59-13 win over Kent City, but then went on to beat Grand Rapids (56-43) and Grand Rapids Christian (47-37). Following a win over Muskegon (57-40) and a loss to Mona Shores (61-52), the Rams played in the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament and fell to Catholic Central 62-46 but came back to beat Forest Hills Central 67-41.
The Rams open the OK Red schedule at Hudsonville on Friday.
“The OK-Red will be a battle every night,” Yonkers said. “Hudsonville, East Kentwood, Grand Haven and Caledonia will all be tough opponents.”
The keys for her team to have success, Yonkers said, “will be trusting the process of becoming the best version of ourselves every day, working hard to execute on every possession, and competing confidently and aggressively.”
The Rams entered the New Year healthy as a team, Yonkers said.
Maddy Watters, Zoe Anderson, Kayla Wildman, Ryleigh Keller, Kenzie VanderVelde and Brooklyn Neumen are among the key players the Rams will be using in their lineup.
Rockford will have its first league game of the New Year on Jan. 13 against Holland West Ottawa.