Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Joaquin Rams Gymnasium –
The Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity basketball team won their first District 22 2A contest this year when the defeated the visiting Garrison Lady Bulldogs by a 43-38 margin. This boosted the Lady Rams to 1-5 in conference action. They are 9-13 for the season.
Joaquin fell behind 4-0 early in the first period but got buckets from freshmen guard JJ Bass and freshman post Victoria Byrd to tie the game at 4-4 with two minutes left. Another score by Secoya Barnes gave Joaquin their first lead and JHS led 6-4 with 1:30 minutes left in the opening frame.
Garrison tied the game at 6-6 with a minute left but Byrd was able to give Joaquin a narrow 8-6 after sinking two free throws after time expired on the first quarter clock.
Kennedy Standley added five points to the Lady Rams tally in the second period and helped Joaquin keep pace with Garrison and Joaquin took a very narrow 16-15 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.
Early steals in the third stanza by Riley Sherrod, Kalie Brooks, JJ Bass, and Kennedy Standley helped Joaquin limit the Garrison offensive possessions and the Lady Rams took a 26-20 lead into the fourth quarter.
Garrison cut the Joaquin lead to just one point early in the fourth period but five consecutive points by Lady Ram Kalie Brooks gave Joaquin a 31-27 lead with five minutes left in the game. Brooks, Barnes and Byrd cashed in more points for JHS in the late stages of the game to help secure the 43-28 win.
Victoria Byrd led the Lady Rams with 14 points. Other Lady Rams who scored for the night were Secoya Barnes 8, Kalie Brooks 7, Kennedy Standley 5, Riley Sherrod 5, and JJ Bass scored 4 points.
Joaquin will travel to Woden High School on Friday, January 11, 2019 for a 6 p.m. tipoff with the Lady Eagles who are 5-1 in District 22 action. Woden defeated Martinsville 39-24 on Tuesday.