Rams: Swept away by ri­val M.L. King

The Covington News - - Sports -

Rams (7-14, 2-9) took to the court seem­ing to play with a sense of ur­gency.

In a game where points came at a min­i­mum and ef­fort at a max­i­mum, both teams strug­gled to find the bot­tom of the net in the first quar­ter.

With the first quar­ter end­ing and the Lady Rams up 9-6, both teams seemed to shake off the pregame jit­ters head­ing into the sec­ond pe­riod.

As the teams traded blow for blow against each other, New­ton would be the first half vic­tor with a 22-18 lead en­ter­ing the break.

But the sec­ond half got off much like the first. Nei­ther team seemed to be able to cap­i­tal­ize on the other team’s mis­takes un­til the fourth quar­ter.

Af­ter be­ing up by five at the be­gin­ning of the fourth, the Lady Rams quickly watched their lead van­ish af­ter com­mit­ting 13 cru­cial turnovers. Hav­ing to fight to stay in the game, the Lady Rams — led by Leah But­ler and her team-high 16 points — de­cided to make the game close in the end.

Af­ter ty­ing the game with a late three-pointer by Shay Marks, the Lady Rams fell apart, turn­ing the ball over and giv­ing the Lady Li­ons free shots at the char­ity stripe.

M.L. King’s Chris­tian Page scored a team-high 15 points.

Marks fin­ished with eight.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Open lane: East­side’s Ash­ley Burtts (24) brings the ball up­court ahead of Alex Tucker on Fri­day night at Al­covy High School.

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