Both JV and the Varsity Lady Rams teams suffered their first losses in the early-season last night after playing in their third game in just four days.
The JV girls opened up the evening with a tough loss losing 27 to 23 to the Sturgis Trojans.
The Varsity Lady Rams went into last nights game looking for their third straight win and first conference win of the season. In a very evenly paired match the lady Rams kept the score in the first quarter at 5pts a piece for both teams.. not much changed in the second quarter as both teams Kept it close matching point for point until just before the half ended when Grace Lyons knocked down a 3 point shot to put the Rams up going into the half by 1, with the halftime score of 17 to 16.
“ we struggled offensively in the first half which was a bit frustrating, but we were doing a good job of getting the ball to the post players and getting open looks at the basket. They just weren’t falling down for us and we really struggled with our free-throw shooting. I was also very happy with how well the girls were playing defense and only committing four fouls the entire first half. “ said Coach Holland at half time.
In the second half the Trojans came out very aggressive offensively while the Rams continued to struggle with scoring. Trojans in the third quarter I’ll score the Rams 11 to 2.
In the fourth quarter however the Rams came back to life outscoring Sturgis 14 to 10. However the third-quarter was too much of a blow to the Rams for them to pull off a victory. Final score of the game, Sturgis-37 South Haven-33.
“This was a tough loss for us tonight because the girls really wanted to open up the conference with a win. However I’m not disappointed with our game tonight. Our girls are fighting and playing really tough. Right now we’re missing four of our players do to injury, so right now we have a few girls playing out of position and having to step up into other roles they’re not used to playing, and at times it’s causing a little confusion on the floor. I’m very proud of them for that. This is something that the girls understand and they are stepping up and excepting the challenges. I truly believe this is only going to make us a better team once we get everyone healthy.” Coach Holland added.
Leading Scorers for Rams or Connie Philllips with 10 points, Alexis Smith with 9 points and Grace Lyons with 8 points.
Leading scorer for Sturgis was Sage Groves with 15 points
The Rams continue conference play next Tuesday as they travel to Three Rivers.