COVINGTON — Six 3-pointers in the third quarter of the Region 2-AAAAAA championship by Deandra Reed proved to be key in the Lady Rams 65-46 win over Luella on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the Newton boys could not match the girls accomplishment of winning region losing to Luella 50-46.
“I don’t have words for it,” Lady Rams Tiffani Johnson said about winning the region championship. “It’s amazing, we’ve worked hard. It was a great game.”
The Lady Rams had a small lead in the start of the second half before Reed, who led all scorers with 23 points, started her barrage of 3-pointers. Her first one put the Lady Rams up 35-28 with the final one giving Newton a 58-35 advantage.
“Deandra was amazing. She took over and really sealed the deal for us,” Lady Rams head coach Tiffani Johnson said. “She busted the game wide open and everyone else got behind her.”
Joining Price and Reed with double-digit scoring for the Lady Rams was Sonia Forney with 11 points.
While the Lady Rams played hard offensively, they played just as hard on defense forcing the Lady Lions to turn the ball over 19 times.
“They did a great job on defense and kept their heads in the whole game,” Johnson said. “They were focused and ready to go.”
Before Reed ignited the Lady Rams in the third quarter, the game not the runaway it turned into. With the scored tied at 11 late in the first quarter, Reed hit a 3-pointer with .04 seconds giving the Lady Rams a 14-11 lead. The Lady Rams gained a little more momentum as Newton led 30-23 to end the first half.
“We knew it was going to be a tight game,” Johnson said. “We didn’t expect it to be a blowout. Luella’s a good team and they’re competitive. We thought it was going to be tight the whole game.”
The Lady Rams are hoping to use the momentum from winning the region championship as they head back on the court on Friday as they host the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA.
“You use it like another tool to get you ready to go and get you pumped up and carry the energy to the state playoffs,” she said. “It’s a great momentum boost but now it’s the third season.”
The boys game was a battle between two quality team as neither team was able to hold the lead for long. The game changed hands nine times with the Lions taking the lead for the last time with 2:47 left in the game.
Unfortunately, the game did not have to be as close as it was. The Rams, who normally succeed in making 70 percent of their free-throws on average, made half of their free-throws going 8-for-16. The Lions on the other hand made more than 85 percent of their free-throws going 20-for-23 from the line.
“If we had made more free-throws we could’ve won the game,” Rams head coach Rick Rasmussen said. “I thought we missed too many free-throws. Other than that, it was great game.
“We missed too many free-throws in a close game and it came down to that. It would’ve been a one possession game instead of a four possession if we had made a few.”
Darvin Jones paced the Rams on the scoreboard with 11 points followed by Jalen Glover and DJ Hill who had nine points each.
“It was a great game,” Rasmussen said. My hat’s off to them and our kids played well too.”