Games on back-to-back nights in the month of January will test any given team’s depth more often than not. Coming off of a good performance the night before, the Wilson Lady Rams survived a slow start to pull away late from the Todd Beamer Titans for a 72-50 win on Saturday night over the 4A school - which had started the season 9-1.
“We learned a lot from the Oregon City loss, and were very prepared for this game against a good young team,” said Rams coach Michelle Birge.
The Rams came back from an early nine-point deficit and took control in the second quarter, never looking back. Bethany Montgomery was her usual outstanding self, scoring 27 points, fresh off of her 32-point performance on Friday night against North Thurston. Justina Laney was also outstanding running the point, scoring 13 points, and Tacoma Weekly female athlete of the year Tia Briggs chipped in with 12 points. Megan Huff led the Titans with 16 points.
“I’m proud of the way we responded defensively, and we were mentally tough too,” Birge said. “I’ve been looking for that aspect for a while.”
Nursing a three point lead at the half, Wilson turned up the throttle on the defensive end and would end up taking a 52-38 lead into the fourth quarter, holding Beamer to just five points in the quarter.
Birge was happy with the overall performance, but noted that Laney stood out.
“Coach wants me to be able to step up and be a leader, and also to score when necessary and be mentally tough, too,” said Laney. “We had five tough days of conditioning and it more than got us ready for Beamer tonight. We need to keep this up for the rest of the season.”
The Lady Rams will travel to Lincoln on Wednesday night to face the Lady Abes at 7:00 p.m.