Rams beat Woodland-Stockbridge to 13-0 – Valley Times-News
Rams overcome first-half hunch to beat Woodland-Stockbridge and rise 13-0
Printed on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 22:02
The Valley Rams headed to LaGrange to face a troublesome Georgia opponent at Woodlant-Stockbridge, however the Rams managed to beat a first-half drop to 69-58 wins and 13-0 on the season.
Valley head coach Marshon Harper was blown away by his males’s battle.
“We’re simply residing within the second,” Harper mentioned.
“They performed arduous within the first half. They gave us their finest shot within the first half. We acquired to the third quarter and took over the sport. Hats off to that group. We wanted that, so I am pleased with my group.”
The primary quarter began sturdy for the Rams as Jamarious Martin took a 5-2 lead over Valley with 5 factors.
The Rams performed a sport the evening earlier than, however Woodland’s offense was too quick for a usually sturdy Valley protection.
Woodland by no means took a greater than three-point lead within the first quarter, however they did lead 19-17 within the second quarter.
The second quarter was a fast-paced battle as Woodland refused to relinquish the lead and Valley refused to tug again greater than six factors.
A Cam Dooley three-pointer tied the match at 30, however Woodland nonetheless took a 34-31 lead at halftime.
Valley awoke within the third quarter because the Rams regained the lead with an 8-0 streak because of Martin’s basket.
From then on, the offense was a blast for the Rams, who solely scored 28 factors within the third quarter.
Momentum totally turned in Valley’s favor after Brandon Thomas’ slam dunk put the Rams forward 48-38 and Wolfpack took a timeout.
Valley led 59-42 within the fourth quarter and it was all Rams from there.
Harper gave his group the inspiration they wanted at halftime to get them again within the sport.
“We had been making an attempt to go 13-0 and we would not be 13-0 if we misplaced,” Harper mentioned.
“The boys responded. They got here out and performed arduous. They mentioned, ‘Hey coach, we acquired you.’ They got here out and confirmed they may play arduous.”
Harper is aware of his group is below strain to remain undefeated.
“They’re below quite a lot of strain,” Harper mentioned.
“I do not know if we’ll be good, however we’ll maintain enjoying each sport. A few of that will not even matter within the regional event. We may very well be 1-29 or 29-1. It would not matter. We simply need to maintain enjoying.”
The Rams gained regardless of having to play Loachopoka the evening earlier than, however Harper is aware of how powerful his males are.
“I forgot we performed a sport final evening,” Harper mentioned.
“We’re a little bit drained however they acquired over it. We’ve got to go once more tomorrow.”
The Rams will not have a lot time to relaxation as they play Carver-Columbus on Friday evening.
“We’ll want a couple of folks from the bench tomorrow,” Harper mentioned.
“That is factor. We’ve got guys to play on the bench, so we’ll want their enter tomorrow.”
Harper is aware of his males will face a fair more durable problem on Friday.
“Will probably be tougher,” Harper mentioned.
“That is our third sport in a row. Irrespective of how properly we play, we must face the challenges. Will probably be a troublesome sport.”
Harper was happy along with his total group within the comeback win.
“I’m impressed with Cam [Dooley]. Brandon [Thomas] stepped in,” mentioned Harper.
ian [Crim-Davis]Jameson [Harper]lil-man [Jamarious Martin]and Denali [Dooley] all of them impressed me Some got here out of the bench that impressed me.
Harper is aware of his group can proceed to thrive.
“We should stay humble,” Harper mentioned.
“You’re employed arduous every single day. You attempt to be good. We simply stay within the second. We’ll work arduous and do our greatest. On the finish of the day, you simply need to attempt to win.”
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