Rams enter unknown territory in girls region semifinal

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 08:28 PM.

Familiarity with Tuesday’s opponent won’t be nearly the problem for Rutherford girls basketball coach Allen Kelly as it was last week.

The Lady Rams, 12-7, play at perennially strong Rickards, 15-10, in their Region 1-5A semifinal 6 p.m. CST. Knowledge of the opponent is both good and bad in this case.

Kelly knows the Raiders will exert pressure from baseline to baseline, which was evidenced with 15 steals in their 67-40 quarterfinal win against Bay last Thursday. Rutherford was dispatching Suwannee, more of an unknown to the Lady Rams, 62-36 at the same time.

Rickards, like Rutherford dominated by underclassman, is led in scoring and rebounding by junior Shannon Owens. She had 15 points and eight rebounds versus Bay, with junior Gabby Figgers adding 14 points and three assists and senior Alexis Nelson 10 points.

Rutherford, seeking its first region championship berth in a season of program breakthroughs, is powered by junior forward Marsheba Addison. Like Owens, she leads the Lady Rams in scoring and rebounding.

Addison received ample scoring support in the region quarterfinal win with Alisha Williams and Tatyanna Bell both in double figures.

Elsewhere, Class 1A schools also begin region semifinal play Tuesday after being idle last week due to the smaller number of schools in that classification.

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