Lady Ramblers pass first test at Fraser Valley finals

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The Maple Ridge secondary Lady Ramblers senior girls’ basketball team passed their first test at the Fraser Valley championships Monday night at home, defeating the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers by a score of 51-43. The Lady Ramblers were in tough from the outset, as they fell behind 21-10 after the first quarter. “The team showed great composure and turned up the defensive intensity which wore down Lord Tweedsmuir,” said Ramblers head coach Don Herman. “Switching defensives from man to zone really seemed to confuse them.”The Lady Ramblers made the most of the turnovers they forced in the second half, with Grade 10 post Kolbie Orum leading the way on offence with 23 points and 22 rebounds.“[She] just turned it up a notch and refused to lose,” said Herman. “Her rebounding was outstanding at both ends of the court.”Natasha Henderson had 10 points and nine rebounds.The win means the Lady Ramblers were to face the Centennial Centaurs Tuesday night at home. Maple Ridge is 2-1 against the Centaurs this season, dropping their last meeting at home in overtime.A win against Centennial will guarantee the Lady Ramblers at least fourth place in the tournament, and a berth in the AAA provincial championships at Capilano University, March 9 to 12.