Four down, one to go

Lady Ram’s coach Deanna Winter thought the toughest competition of the season might come from the Lady Pirates of Coffeeville.
Her team did not agree, blasting past the Pirates, 71-34, to pick up their fourth district win.
“Couldn’t have asked for a better effort,” Winter said.
The Lady Rams led all four quarters, although the Lady Pirates gave their best challenge during the second period. Myesha Stokes dished to Dejah Reed for a bucket and Reed followed up with a trey to cut the Lady Rams lead to three – momentarily.
Vardaman’s Danicqua Stevens returned the favor on the three-point shot from the other end of the court and passed off a steal to Tiara Jones for a deuce. The passing game seemed to work well, so Stevens repeated it, sending the ball to Niesha Willis who hit Brittany Hawkins in the post for two.
Hawkins and Jones both spent plenty of time under the basket on both ends of the court, blocking the Lady Pirates shots and sinking plenty for the Lady Rams, while Stevens, Shylesses Rimmer, Alaysia Madkins and Diamond Vance used their speed and agility to keep the pace decidedly up-tempo.
The game plan worked well with the Lady Rams taking a commanding 26-point lead at the end of the third. Rimmer kicked off the fourth period with a trey to keep the momentum going and the Vardaman girls cruised to the district win.
“It was a huge win for us,” Winter said. “I was very pleased with their play Friday. The rebounds were a lot better, but we still need to improve in that area.”
The Lady Rams were scheduled to travel to their final district game of the regular season Tuesday to take on Tupelo Christian Prep.

VHS splits with Smithville
The Lady Rams started off last week in positive motion, taking a division win over the Lady Seminoles of Smithville, 53-23, Jan. 21. The Lady Rams blanked the Lady ‘Noles in the first period and allowed only five points by the half, sailing to the victory. Niesha Willis led with 14 points, followed by Alaysia Madkins with 11.
The Rams were slow to start and had a fourth-quarter rally, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap as they fell to the Seminoles 34-57.
The Rams took a loss to the tough Coffeeville Pirates Friday in division play.

Rams sweep Rams
The Immanuel Christian School Rams headed to tater town Monday and left with two losses.
The Vardaman girls bested Immanuel, 57-15, with Hawkins posting 12 points and Niesha Willis putting in 11.
The boys team picked u pa win, 71-66, depsite a third period rally by Immanuel. Quon Cummings led the scoring with 17 points while Tavis Townsend, Michael McKinney and Ta Buchanan had 11 each.

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