Rams’ HOIAC season slides to an end

The Greene County Rams’ conference season fizzled to its end Friday in Monroe, as the girls and boys teams both lost by disappointing margins to the Prairie City-Monroe Mustangs.

The boys finished with an 8-6 record in the Heart of Iowa Activities Conference after a 70-45 loss to the 11-3 Mustangs. Their point total was the smallest of the season, and came after a 70-47 loss to conference leader South Hamilton Tuesday. In between, the Rams scored 72 points against the Coon Rapids-Bayard Crusaders for a victory Thursday.

In the loss against South Hamilton, the Hawks’ shooting, much higher than their season average, was a factor. In the loss to PCM, the Mustangs didn’t shoot better than usual, but the Rams were off their averages. The Rams shot at 38 percent from 2-point range and 19 percent from 3-point range, while their season averages are 47 and 37 percent respectively. They made it to the free throw line eight times and made only three, well below their 67 percent average.

Baskets were hard to come by for the Rams in the first quarter, as they scored only nine points to the Mustangs’ 19.

The Rams were within five points, 20-15, with 5:46 to play in the second quarter, but that’s as close as they got to the Mustangs. The score was 36-24 at halftime and 32-48 after three quarters.

Wade Adcock led the Rams in scoring with 15 points. He was ejected from the game with 4:45 left to play in the fourth quarter on a foul call that took three officials two minutes to agree upon. Trey Hinote scored 13 points, Joe Towers scored five, Xavier Hayes scored three, Lance Hughes scored two and Ben Bravard scored one. A highlight was senior Ben Wilkins scoring six points, a career high for him.

The Rams are 11-8 overall. They play the Winterset Huskies in Winterset Monday and host Des Moines Christian Tuesday to finish the regular season. They start 2A district play Feb. 12 in Woodward against Panorama.

The girls had 27 points and 26 turnovers in their 35-27 loss.

They were behind 13-2 at the end of the first quarter, with their points coming from two of six free throw shooting. Onica Delp made a pair of free throws two minutes into the second quarter, kicking off eight unanswered points for the Rams. Laurin Lyons made the team’s first field goal with 3:50 to play in the quarter. The run brought the Rams to within five points at 15-10. The quarter ended with the Rams down 17-12.

The Rams were behind by only three points, 19-16, midway through the third quarter. They played the next seven minutes without scoring, and they were behind 28-16 before Kassie Lamoureux made a 2-point shot with four minutes to play.

For the game, Lyons made 17 points, Samantha Hardaway made four, and Onica Delp, Izzy Bravard and Lamoureux made two each.

The girls finished their HOIAC season at 2-12 and the Mustangs finished at 5-9. The Rams are 5-14 overall; the Mustangs are 7-14.

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