Lady Rams are on a winning streak

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 2:32 p.m.
The Lady Rams of Eastside High School won three games in four nights at the Cage and was led in scoring by a different player each game.
The team defeated Hawthorne 64-25 on Saturday, led by senior center Latoya Williams' 13 points and 12 rebounds. On Monday, the Lady Rams defeated Keystone Heights 74-37, led by Katrice Mulberry's 15 points, and Colombia 59-20 Tuesday, led by Sharnae Ivery's 13 points.
The Rams started the Hawthorne game off with Williams asserting her presence down low, as she was fouled pulling down an offensive rebound. She went to the line and made one of two free throws to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
Katrice Mulberry sank a short jumper to put the Rams up 3-0 with 7:15 left in the first quarter. Hawthorne scored to make the score 3-2, and that is the closest they would get to the Rams the rest of the game.
The Rams ended the first quarter ahead 15-7 on the strength of Williams' strong play down low, and an overall team effort that focused on aggressive defense and good ball movement.
The second quarter began with the Rams' Tiffany Anderson scoring two points off a put-back to make the score 17-7 with 7:20 left in the second quarter.
Williams got back into the action a minute later, showcasing her range, as she put the ball on the floor laterally and pulled up for a 13-footer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net with 6:06 left in the second quarter.
The score at halftime was 28-14, and it was apparent that the Hornets (13-3) were not going to be able to hang with the Lady Rams this time.
The second half was almost a mirror of the first half, as Eastside (18-1) continued to get dominant play from Williams, and a steady dose of Mulberry (10 points) and Tiffany Fletcher (10 points). The Rams' senior point guard Jasmine Sheppard distributed eight assists.
The Lady Rams' head coach, Kent Johnson, said his team did what it needed to do against a younger team.
"They are inexperienced this year, and they are without their best player due to an injury," he said. "They played hard, but we are deep, and our team came out very motivated tonight."

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