In their previous two match ups, the Lady Rams dominated the Lady Braves from beginning to end. Cheraw was determined to give Chesterfield a tough test on Jan. 24.
Going into the half, the game was tied at 20.
“Cheraw really played hard,” said Lady Rams head coach Chris Clark. “We only shot 21 percent in the first half and we missed some open looks. Kelly King hit some big three-pointers that kept us in the game.”
At halftime Chesterfield’s coaching staff made adjustments, putting guard Victoria McVicker in the high post. The move paid off and the Lady Rams outscored the Lady Braves 37-17 in the second half.
“That was very productive for us,” Clark said. “Our girls did a good job of opening areas and hitting open areas. Our defensive pressure picked up and we extended our defense.”
McVicker finished the game with 24 points; 18 points came in the second half. She also had seven rebounds and four assists. King finished the game with nine points, five rebounds and five steals. Brittany Owensby finished the game with three points, but added 13 boards.
On Jan. 22, the Lady Rams lost to Indian Land 48-47. The game was a battle for the top spot in the region and a battle between two of the top teams in the state.
Chesterfield turned the ball over 33 times and a big third quarter by Indian Land was the difference in the contest. Christian Stokes attempted the game winning shot, but it rimmed out as the final second ticked off the clock.
“We fought back,” Clark said. “We fell short of our expectations. We turned the ball over too much and that’s something we’re going to learn to value in the next few weeks.”
The Lady Rams will face Indian Land again on Feb. 10 in the final game of the season. They will face Great Falls tonight and Buford Saturday night.