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The pe­riod ended with the Rams up by 33 at 57-24, in­vok­ing the mercy rule for the fourth quar­ter.

Hawkins, who tal­lied a game­high 18 points, led the way for New­ton while Far­ley and Henry were close be­hind with 16 points apiece. Ju­nior Win­dell Dar­ring­ton dropped in seven points off the bench.

Demetrius McCray also made his pres­ence felt as he added five points and five re­bounds.

Far­ley noted the Rams came in con­fi­dent af­ter New­ton’s tough home ear­lier in the week.

“Our in­ten­sity re­ally car­ried over af­ter the M.L. King game,” he said. “We re­ally felt con­fi­dent com­ing into the game. We played as a team and shared the ball well.”

In fact, the Rams shared the ball to the tune of 22 as­sists on the night in­clud­ing 12 by Hawkins.

On the de­fen­sive end, the Rams were ball hawks as they came up with a sea­son high 16 steals led by Far­ley’s five and Henry’s four.

Ju­nior Cen­ter Chuck Ed­wards had per­haps the tough­est job of the night. It was his re­spon­si­bil­ity to clog up the mid­dle against the big men from Union Grove, in­clud­ing Divi­sion 1 prospect Isa­iah Massey.

Ras­mussen was pleased with his big man’s play.

“We played great de­fense and shut their big men down, es­pe­cially Massey,” he said. Ed­wards blocked three shots and also took a charge as the swarm­ing Ram de­fense ap­peared to com­pletely de­mor­al­ize the Wolver­ines.

With the win the Rams im- proved to 6-0 (2-0 Re­gion 2AAAAA) while Union Grove fell to 4-3 (2-1).

New­ton has lit­tle time to sa­vor their victory as it trav­els on Tues­day to Stephen­son for an­other tough re­gion matchup. Lady Rams' slow start ends in 49-39 loss

The Lady Rams were not as suc­cess­ful as they saw their twogame winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Lady Wolver­ines by a fi­nal of 49-39.

The loss dropped New­ton to 24 (1-1 Re­gion 2-AAAAA) while Union Grove im­proved to 2-5 (12).

In a slug­gish first quar­ter, the Lady Rams were only able to find the bas­ket one time and were on the short end of a 9-2 score.

The sec­ond quar­ter was a lit­tle bet­ter for the vis­i­tors as they cut the lead to four head­ing into half- time and trailed 14-10.

Things be­gan to open up in the third quar­ter as Union Grove built up a lead by as many as 15 points, but a tra­di­tional 3-point play by point guard Mar­tice Hy­man cut the lead to 33-21 as the quar­ter ended.

New­ton coach Tif­fani John­son would not be around for the fourth quar­ter as she re­ceived her sec­ond tech­ni­cal foul late in the third pe­riod.

The Lady Rams con­tin­ued to bat­tle in the fourth, keep­ing it close un­til the end when they had to foul lead­ing to the 49-39 fi­nal.

Sopho­more Qais­erah Shar­iff led the Lady Rams with 13 points.

A dis­ap­pointed John­son pointed to the slug­gish start as a key to New­ton’s tough night.

“Our slow start is what beat us tonight,” she said. “The girls waited too long to get go­ing. They didn’t come ready to play.”

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