February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

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The RHS JV Girls Basketball Team (L-R): Front Row: Gavi Bultman, Kayla MacLaren, Aimee Zang, Natalie Barr, and Belen Aguilar. Back

Row: Assistant coach Sydney Savage, Karsyn Broderick, Macey Palmer, Meredith Simmons, Emma Campbell, and head coach Marc

Whitford. ~ Photo by Douglas Photography

JV Team Works Together

to Roll Out Impressive Season

JEANNIE GREGORY

ROAR Editor

The Rams girls JV basketball team has rolled to an 11-1 season,

always showing the same grit that their sisters do at the

other two levels. Their sole loss came Thursday, Jan. 23 at the

hands of the Hudsonville Eagles, whose entire program is giving

fits to plenty of OK Red opponents.

With plenty of speed and talent on the roster, the Rams are

proving a formidable foe on the hardcourt. Through 10 games,

the team had outscored its opponents 576 to 215, an average of

58 to 21 per game.

Head coach Marc Whitford is in his second season at the

helm for the Rams and has plenty of experience, bringing two

decades around the court as a coach.

Through the first 10 games, the team’s biggest test was

handed to them by Forest Hills Northern. The Rams were 0-of-

20 from beyond the arc, an extremely odd occurrence for this

high-scoring, potent offensive team. The Rams did a great job

of adjusting to their cold streak, still topping the Huskies by 13

points, a 41-28 final.

“We just couldn’t get our offense going like we normally

do,” explains Whitford. “We average about 60 points per game

and it just wasn’t there for us that night. Fortunately for us,

our defense is always solid, and we held them under 30 points

giving us a great chance to win, which we did.”

Whitford loves the makeup of his roster. He looks to returning

sophomore starts Aimee Zang, Macey Palmer, and Karsyn

Broderick as his leaders.

“Each one of these girls keeps the team accountable in their

own individual way,” he explains. “This team is also fueled by

an unbelievably talented freshman class.”

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