Lady Rams win Colusa Tournament with 54-44 win
The Lady Rams finished off their weekend with a 54-44 win over the host team, Colusa. The Lady Rams have won the Colusa Tournament two years in a row now and with multiple solid performances, the Rams were able to bring back the trophy with pride. The Rams were in a dogfight for most of the game, fiercely defending their status. This game was back and forth until the Rams finished off the Colusa Redhawks.
The Rams, just like the previous two games in the tournament, struggled to get the ball in the hoop. The Rams took countless shots, but made hardly any of them. The Rams took 25 shots in the first quarter, only making 5. The Rams forced 15 turnovers in the first quarter, but weren’t able to execute on most of them. Despite outplaying the Redhawks in the first quarter, the Rams were only up 14-8.
In the second quarter the Rams continued to struggle making good shots, giving the Redhawks a chance to take the lead. The Redhawks would take the lead 21-20, after only making 4 shots in the second quarter. They then took advantage of the Rams poor shooting and fouling, making 7 out of 11 free throws to give themselves the lead in the closing seconds of the half. The Rams were down at the half 23-20 after only scoring 6 points in the second quarter.
However, the Rams were not discouraged by their poor shooting in the first half. The Rams came out strong in the third quarter, taking the lead back with the score of 29-28. The Rams tacked on 11 more points in the quarter, but Colusa wasn’t too far behind and kept the pace with the Rams to only be down 40 to 37 at the end of the third quarter. The Rams shot the ball very well in the quarter, scoring 20 points in the quarter to unleash some bad shooting from the previous half.
The Rams in the fourth quarter kept the pace up, and continued to control the Redhawks on defense causing more turnovers and fast break opportunities. Early in the quarter, a Redhawk player got so frustrated by the harsh defense that she took a swing at the Rams’ Rebecca Immel. This girl was ejected from the game, which helped the Rams continue to press and out-work the Colusa Redhawks. The Rams would maintain their lead for the rest of the game, finishing off the Redhawks to win the tournament with the score of 54 to 44.
The Rams had some great performances throughout the tournament. The Lady Rams sophomore guard, Rebecca Immel, received an All-Tourney award, and the Lady Rams junior forward, Maddie Dwelley, also won an All-Tourney award. The Rams guard Samantha Del Mugnaio also got honored with an M.V.P. award.
The Rams seemed very excited to win the Colusa Tournament for the second year in a row, beating the host of the tournament. The Rams were able to win in a somewhat hostile environment. Despite the frustrating shot display in the first half, the Rams got the job done and came home with the Colusa Tournament championship.
The Rams need to keep up this intensity all season long. This is the type of play that will give them great success in their toughest part of their schedule coming up in the next two weeks to come.