Bethany Montgomery and Tia Briggs shared game-high honors with 17 points apiece as the Wilson Rams cruised to an 70-50 win over the Bellarmine Lions Friday night at the Harry Byrd Gym.
The Rams started fast and never looked back, as Montgomery tallied 13 of her 17 points in the first quarter and Wilson would score the game’s first 14 points. Courtney Schwan finally broke the ice for the Lions with a layup with just under five minutes to go in the quarter.
The game would turn into a sluggish-paced affair, as 49 fouls were called to go along with 66 foul shots combined by both teams. Coming into the contest the Rams would try to establish a quick, up-tempo game and get the bigger Lions tied up in a full-court track meet. The game rapidly turned into Wilson’s favor, and the Rams would never let up on the throttle as Bellarmine could find no answers to any of Wilson’s up-tempo pressure and never threatened at any time in the game.
Rams’ coach Michelle Birge was able to liberally substitute during the long drawn out contest and got much needed playing time for some of her younger players. Two of those players, Salina Bradford and Kiera Knox, saw significant playing time and combined for seven points to go along with some stellar defensive play. The Rams will open Narrows 3A play next Wednesday night against the Shelton High Climbers in Shelton in defense of last year’s league title.