Lady Rams con­tinue streak

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­

It was a blowout from the open­ing tip Tues­day night at Newton as the Lady Rams de­feated the Lady Red Devils from Druid Hills, 51-19.

The Lady Rams were led in scor­ing by Mercedes Booker who had 10 points, while Pre­cious Price added nine to the Lady Rams’ win­ning ef­fort.

“I was very pleased with their ef­fort,” Newton coach Tif­fani John­son said. “We al­most got every­body in the book, so every­body was look­ing for every­body. I think we were al­most a lit­tle too un­selfish to­day. We gave up some shots that we shouldn’t have try­ing to get every­body in­volved.”

The Lady Rams came out red hot in the first quar­ter and got out to a 17-0 lead. The Lady Red Devils scored their first points of the game on a pair of free throws, and Druid Hills scored two more points to bring its to­tal to four for the quar­ter. De­spite the Lady Red Devils’ short of­fen­sive out­burst, Newton ended the pe­riod with a 19-4 lead.

The Lady Red Devils started the sec­ond quar­ter on a 4-0 run, but the Lady Rams got back on track, outscor­ing Druid Hills by three in the quar­ter for a 28-10 half­time lead.

“I think we re­laxed a lit­tle bit,” John­son said. “Once we jumped on them in the first quar­ter, we re­laxed and that’s one of the things we’re work­ing on – stay­ing in­tense all 32 min­utes.”

The third quar­ter showed re­flec­tions of the first quar­ter, as the Lady Rams came out on a 14-0 run. Se­nior Booker led the run with six points, and the Lady Red Devils scored their first and only point in the third quar­ter on a free throw.

The Lady Rams ended the pe­riod with a 31-point lead, which prompted the in­vok­ing of the "mercy rule" for the Lady Red Devils. The fourth quar­ter was short­ened to six min­utes.

Newton scored the first points of the pe­riod on a field goal by Bri­ana Pin­nock. The Lady Red Devils went on a 5-2 run, but the Lady Rams went on a 5-0 run to bring their to­tal to 51 points for the game.

The Lady Red Devils con­tin­ued to show fight, scor­ing three con­sec­u­tive points; the fi­nal was 5119..

John­son said the Lady Rams’ abil­ity to com­mand the glass helped Newton in the re­gion win.

“I think (we) just wanted the ball,” John­son said. “When the ball went up, (we) were look­ing for it.

"We have some great re­bound­ers on the team, and (they’re) just mak­ing sure they’re do­ing their job at the end of the day.”

The Lady Rams re­turn to ac­tion tonight when they host the Lady Wild­cats of Love­joy in a re­gion matchup.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

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