by TOM SCOTT From the word go, the Rockford girls basketball team had their work cut out for the night of Friday, Feb. 18, as the Jenison team was matching Rockford’s skills and scoring abilities at every chance. Rockford proved their dominance despite the tough competition and held the lead at halftime, 20-16. The Lady Rams kept the heat on through the second half and held on to win 42-40. Kimberly Weston, was the evening’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Rachel Henry with six points. The win gives the girls a league record of 12-6. At halftime, fans had the privilege of viewing Rockford’s Athletic Director Tim Erickson presenting Rams senior Ryan Majerle with a plaque in his honor in regards to his four-year full-ride basketball scholarship at Toledo University.
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The Lady Rams rolled into Bulldog country Tuesday, Feb. 9, taking on Grandville in a rematch. This match-up seemed to be the most intriguing in the OK Red conference. After Rockford’s win last Friday over West Ottawa, the Rams climbed into a first-place tie with the Panthers (7-2). The Lady Rams are on the home stretch for a championship run in the OK Red. Five games are remaining in league play to determine who will be wearing that championship crown. Determination and mental toughness have been the hallmark of these Rams all season. The Lady Rams are not surgeons, but they set up an operating table on Grandville’s home court Tuesday night and proceeded to carve up the Bulldogs 51-39. In arguably their best all-around performance of the season, the Rams put on a clinic. Rockford jumped out to an early 10-point lead. However, the Bulldogs fought their way back, going ahead one minute into the second quarter. The Rams regained the lead immediately on a coast-to-coast steal and basket, and were ahead 25-19 by intermission. The lead was never given back the remainder of the game. The Rams outscored the Bulldogs in every quarter. This game featured great play in every facet of the game, including rebounding, defending, crisp passing, ball control, steals, and clock management. Seniors Caitlyn Patterson (16) and Megan Kelley (15) led the Rams in scoring, followed by Katherine Huyser (7), Allison Huyser (6), Halle Peterson (4), and Kimberly Weston (3). On Friday, Feb. 12, the Lady Rams traveled to Hudsonville, looking to make amends for an earlier season loss to the Eagles. And the Rams did avenge that loss with a 35-30 victory. Rockford’s win, along with West Ottawa’s loss to East Kentwood, gave the Rams sole possession of first place atop the OK Red. The Rams host their next three league games, finishing out conference play at home. Defense was the key for Rockford, as Hudsonville jumped out to a quick lead. Rockford started slowly, not scoring until 3:02 left in the first quarter, unable to find the range from anywhere on the court. The Eagles held a 14-7 advantage by quarter’s end. Rockford stopped Hudsonville cold during second quarter of play, holding the Eagles scoreless while […]