The Pleasant Ridge Rams girls’ basketball team continued their stellar season Monday night with a 79-47 win over Riverside in the opening round of sub-state.
The Riverside Cyclones jumped out first and pressured the Rams to take a 7-6 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter before the Rams took the lead and went up 19-13 after the first quarter. The Rams started to find their rhythm and went to the locker room up 40-23 at halftime.
The momentum continued into the second half as the Rams outscored the Cyclones 22-12 and took a 62-45 lead entering the final quarter. The Rams added to their lead in the final quarter as head coach Mike Koontz pulled his starters late, including the three seniors playing in their final home game at Pleasant Ridge. This year’s seniors are Lindsey Heim, Madison Ewert and Julie Miller. The Rams would go on to win 79-47.
Heim led the team with 22. Miller added 17. Caitlyn Herbig and Kaija Nutsch each added 15.
Koontz said he thought the team started out slow Monday night with the pressure that the Cyclones gave the Rams.
“They got up and pressured us,” Koontz said. “And we didn’t handle that very well. But we were clearly the better team. Once we started handling pressure better, we did what we needed to do.”
He said the team will be practicing against on-ball pressure before their next game. He said he didn’t think they were really ready for it from Riverside Monday night but will be looking for it as sub-state continues.
The Rams continue play on Thursday in Marysville for the sub-state semifinals. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Pleasant Ridge principal Andy Metsker was honored at halftime. Metsker is retiring after the school year. Metsker was given a commemorative basketball to thank him for his years of dedication to the school.