All local public schools are getting set for district basketball tournaments and Vardaman coach Deanna Winter has her Lady Rams sharpening their skills.
The Vardaman girls wrapped up the regular season as the top seed for tournament, but saved some tough competition for their final week. The Lady Rams fell to West Union Feb. 4 but rallied for a 71-70 win over Hatley Feb. 7.
“We played terrible at West Union,” Winter said. “We started slow with Hatley but played real hard in the fourth quarter. Definitely playing the best competition in these last two weeks and hoping that it will help us going into tournament.”
Winter said her team is healthy and ready to go but her biggest issue is consistency on the floor.
“Our main struggle now is playing four quarters,” Winter said.
Lady Chiefs plagued with injuries
The Lady Chieftains haven’t put all five of their starters on the floor at the same time for several weeks now. The team has been battling various injuries but coach Arteria Clifton said he’s pretty close to having a full roster for tournament.
“I’ve been dressing eight, with two eighth-graders,” Clifton said of his recent games. “We’re close to getting everyone back now.”
On the boy’s side of the court, Clifton said consistency will be the key to the Chieftains success in tournament.
The Chieftains were scheduled to host East Webster in their final division game Tuesday. If cancelled by weather, the game will be played Thursday.
Okolona will see more of East Webster as the Wolverines will host district tournament beginning Feb. 17.