It was down to the buzzer, but the Lacombe Rams Senior Girls basketball team came up short against the Camrose Trojans during a home game at Lacombe Composite High School Tuesday night.
The Rams took on the Trojans on Feb. 10th, but were left wanting more after a loss of 60- 29.
Lacombe Rams Head Coach Paula Chapman said she was pleased overall with the player’s intensity during the game.
“We didn’t play as well as we can,” she said. “We just couldn’t seem to find the flow. It just didn’t click. Our passing was off and our defence is usually stronger.”
One thing’s for sure, both teams worked hard to hold onto the ball and keep the game in their court.
In the first quarter, the Trojans got off to a hot start leading with 10 points. The Rams made several shots at the net but they just didn’t seem to connect.
With one minute left in the quarter, a stealthy steal was made, but that pesky shot clock got in the way.
The second quarter saw some fouls on the Trojans’ part, but overall the visitors led the charge on the court gaining 17 points.
The Rams were constantly attempting shots on net but couldn’t seem to connect many baskets.
Ram Hailey Hutchinson landed a basket with two minutes remaining in the second quarter, plus took a foul shot, adding three points to the Rams 14 total points.
The third quarter opened up with the Trojans leading 38-14, but the Rams wouldn’t break that easily and gained 10 points during the 10 minutes of intensity, with Hutchinson and Courtney Petrie landing some two-pointers.
Going into the last quarter, the Rams were down almost 30 points, but that didn’t stop their drive and determination. The score remained the same for much of the quarter, until Hutchinson made a perfectly set up basket, taking the Rams up two.
From here, it seemed the girls would be ruling the court, gaining in points, but the shots just kept rolling off the backboard, leaving much of the score set at 60- 29.
Slowly the time on the clock dropped and a time-out was called with 50 seconds left. The Rams finished strong, but couldn’t add any more points to their total.
As for the season, Chapman said the Rams haven’t been the strongest for wins, but the team is making many improvements and gains as far as skills.
“There have been a lot of big improvements for us in fl oor management and our seniors have been making some really strong plays.”
She added the Grade 11 players have also stepped up and continued to improve throughout the season. The Rams senior basketball teams play in the very competitive Central Alberta Schools Athletic Association basketball league. The league consists of schools from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Stettler and Camrose.
The Rams, both the Senior Boys and Senior Girls, will be hosting their annual home tournament, Snowfest, this weekend.