Last week the Lady Rams played two games on the road, Tuesday against Lanesville and Thursday at Orleans. The team lost to Lanesville 32-61, but had a big win on the road against the Orleans Bulldogs, 61-18, their first PLAC Conference win.
“We knew coming in it would be a very physical game and we’d have to be ready. Lanesville plays a very different style than we do and I didn’t think our kids responded very well to it. It was a pretty rough game,” said Head Coach Donavan Crews.
Junior Jackie Crews had a big game against the Eagles scoring 17 of the Rams 32 points. Sophomore Carley Higgins added six points and juniors Ryleigh Anderson and Amelia Hess added three each.
“I thought Jackie played pretty well through the physical play and Ryleigh held her own down low. We’re just going to have to get a little more physical and tougher to be able to play teams like that,” said Crews.
At Orleans the Rams came ready to play.
“I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this game given the fact that we had a lot of kids banged up from Tuesday night. I knew in their minds they would be ready but physically I didn’t know what we’d be able to do out there. With this group though, there was no way any of them were going to sit out this game with it being a conference game,” said Crews. “I think they were out to prove a point and get back to playing how we are capable of playing. We haven’t played like we are capable yet, but I think they were bound and determined to get things the way they need to be.”
Leading the Rams was senior Gracie Walls with 14 points. She also went five-for-five from the free throw line. Senior sisters Kacey and Kinsey McBride both added 12 points each.
“We decided we were going to turn up the pressure and quicken the pace and see if we’d be able to get after them from the start. The girls answered the challenge and they sat everything aside and went out there and played like they are capable of playing,” said Crews.
Also adding to the Rams score were junior Amelia Hess with nine points and junior Ryleigh Anderson with 8 points.
“Everyone stepped up and did their part. If we can play like that, we will be hard to guard. When teams focus on Jackie, we have to have other kids step up and when that happens, we can be pretty dangerous. I thought Kacey ran the point really well for us tonight. Gracie and Amelia really shot the ball well which was nice to see. Kinsey did her thing getting out and running the break which is what we need her to do. I also thought Ryleigh did a nice job given the condition she was in out there. Overall, I’m very pleased how we responded to everything and how we are capable of playing. Hopefully we can build on this and get a couple more wins next week,” said Crews.
Tonight the varsity Rams face the Clarksville Generals at home after the junior varsity takes on North Knox, beginning at 6 p.m.
Story by Paolite Staff