With the high school portion of the summer behind them, the Bastrop Lady Rams are shifting their focus to the AAU season.
Continuing what has been a fast-paced summer, the Bastrop Lady Rams competed in the ULM Team Camp on Monday and Tuesday.
Avoiding an 0-for, the Lady Rams defeated Rayville 41-34 in their final game Tuesday night.
Bastrop got off to a slow start Monday with 1-point setbacks at the hands of Richwood and Weston and a third loss to Natchitoches Central.
“We didn't start off playing like the Lady Rams,” coach Emma Brooks said. “We played against some good competition but our effort wasn't there Monday.”
Returning to Monroe on Tuesday, the Lady Rams dropped a 38-33 decision to Baton Rouge Redemptorist in the 3 p.m. game before getting into the win column vs. Rayville in the 6 p.m. contest.
“We played with much better effort (Tuesday),” Brooks said. “Even though we lost, we played a real good game against Redemptorist and we played our best defensive game of the camp against Rayville.”
Bastrop jumped out to an early 8-0 lead against Rayville and carried a 26-15 margin into halftime.
Rayville closed the gap to 29-23 midway through the second half. After spending a timeout, the Lady Rams rattled off eight unanswered points to go up 37-23.
“We have to play tough defense,” Brooks said. “We're more of a defensive team than an offensive team. We scored a lot of points off of defensive stops (against Rayville). That's what we have to do every time we play — put all our might and heart into playing good, solid defense.”
Tuesday's action marked the end of school-related activities for the Lady Rams, although the entire varsity roster will continue to play AAU ball for the Lady Magic.
By placing runner-up in the recent Monroe Prime Time Tournament, the Lady Magic qualified for the AAU National Tournament in Dallas (July 23-27). Coaches for the team are James Lewis and Terry “Ice” Davis of Monroe.
Sixth player Jazpony Harris was the only graduating senior from last year's 19-6 District 2-4A co-championship team but the Lady Rams have been without guard Tia Coleman since late May. Coleman underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on June 17.
“Tia has six months of rehab. We are hoping to have her back in time for district,” Brooks said, emphasizing “hoping.”
During Coleman's absence, Deja Robinson, Oterica Witherspoon and Sheiylciea have been operating in the backcourt. Sarah Fagan, who joined Robinson on the first-team All-District squad last year, returns in the middle.
Also seeing action this summer have been Shatoya McHenry, Starneisha Johnson, Makayla Harden and Javia Kennedy.
An incoming freshman, Kennedy has made a strong case to earn playing time next season.
“Javia has given herself a lot of exposure and experience by playing with us and on the AAU team this summer,” Brooks said. “She's moving right along and fitting in with her teammates. She's doing some positive things and contributing to victories.”