Lady Rams Defeat Senators on the Road


Ashleigh Garcia, Paolite Staff Writer

On Thursday January 20, the Lady Rams defeated the West Washington Senators 56-30. The win moved the Rams 4-0 in the PLAC Conference.

“The first half was a little ugly. It just seemed like we were a little off. Early foul trouble didn’t help for sure,” said Head Coach Donavan Crews. “Ryleigh (Anderson) and Carley (Higgins) both picked up two fouls in the first quarter and had to sit a lot of the first half.  That definitely changed our rotation.”

The three leading scorers for the Rams were junior Jackie Crews with 22 points, senior Kacey McBride with 13 points, and senior Gracie Walls with 7 points.

“I feel like we are a fairly deep team if we have to be and tonight was a prime example of that. We went eight deep in the first quarter because of foul trouble and we had some kids really step up. The second quarter was a struggle again.  But the goal was to maintain some good play and get to half time, so we’d have everyone back,” said Crews.

“We have two more big conference games left and hopefully we can keep things going and finish strong.”

Lady Rams Head Coach Donavan Crews

After halftime the Rams were able to make adjustments and turn their game around. 

“We made a few offensive adjustments and defensive adjustments at half time and the girls really did a nice job carrying them out on the court.  They executed them perfectly and the third quarter we really got things going,” said Crews. “Our defensive intensity really gave them trouble in the third.  We outscored them 19-3 and we really had them on their heels.”

Crews was pleased with the performance from many players, but praised a few key players.

“The good news is Amelia (Hess) was ready to go and she had a really big quarter for us scoring 5 points with a big 3 pointer. Ella (Spires) came in and played some really nice defense in the post. Jackie (Crews) really had a nice quarter with 11 of her points and Kacey (McBride) had a nice quarter as well with 6.”

Crews also gives credit to his defense.

“In the fourth our defensive intensity never let up and we continued to stretch the lead out.  It was a big road win for us.  It’s tough to win on the road and it’s even tougher to win conference games on the road,” said Crews. “The girls really responded after a sluggish first half.  We have two more big conference games left and hopefully we can keep things going and finish strong.”

The Rams will face the Springs Valley Blackhawks tomorrow morning starting at noon in the lower gymnasium. There will be no JV game.