Lady Rams advance to first North Half Tournament in more than 20 years; Rams eliminated

The Vardaman Lady Rams defeated Thrasher 67-39 Monday night to advance to this week’s North Half Tournament at H.W. Byers.

It is believed to be the Lady Rams’ first appearance at the North Half Tournament since 1989. They will play Ashland at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Monday night’s win was locked up in the third period when the Lady Rams blew open a 5-point game at the half with a 25-9 run.

Deidre Rose

“This is exciting for us,” Vardaman Coach Deanna Winter said. “I’m concerned we waited until the second half to play again. We can’t do that going forward, but this is a big win for us.”

Deidre Rose came up big for the Lady Rams, dominating the rebounding and scoring a game-high 19 points.

Danicqua Stephens, who sparked the third period run with a couple of three pointers, scored 16 points. Keuntray Tubbs added 13 and Niesha Willis eight.

“It’s like I’m living a dream,” Stephens said after the win. “To make it this far is such a blessing.”

“This feels real good,” Rose said. “I feel fortunate to be a part of this team.”

The Vardaman Lady Rams capped a perfect season in Region 4-1A by winning the region tournament championship Friday night in Tremont.

The Lady Rams defeated Houlka in the title game 49-25.

Vardaman was never challenged in the game, leading by double-digits from the middle of the second period on.

The Lady Rams defeated TCPS 70-41 in their tournament opener.

Deidre Rose scored 19 points for the Lady Rams who were in control throughout. They led 34-6 after the opening period.

Other top scorers for Vardaman were Keuntray Tubbs with 14 and Niesha Willis 13.

The boys’ team saw its season end Tuesday night at Biggersville where they were beaten 105-44. Quon Cummings led the Rams with 20 points.

They lost both their games in the 4-1A tournament at Tremont last week, falling to Houlka in the opener 69-53 and then losing to Smithville 59-53 in Friday’s consolation game.

Dustin Sanford led all scorers with 18 points against Smithville. Tavis Townsend added 13.