District 8C takes almost two-week game hiatus

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Winnett-Grass Range’s Jacob Jessen looks to pass the ball to a teammate in the Rams’ game against Belt.                                                            Photo by Doreen Heintz

The teams in District 8C will not play any more basketball games until the first week of January in the new year. The Rams and Lady Rams of Winnett-Grass Range will be the first teams in District 8C to see action in the new year. The two teams travel to Dodson on Thursday, Jan. 4 to play the Coyotes in non-conference action. 
Several 8C teams see conference action on Friday, Jan. 5. Tri-City will host Denton-Geyser-Stanford in Hobson that day, while Winnett-Grass Range plays Geraldine-Highwood in Grass Range.
The surprise team in District 8C boys’ basketball so far this year may be the Rams. Last year the team earned only two conference wins throughout the entire season. This year the team already has three conference wins. The Rams gained a win against Denton-Geyser-Stanford on Tuesday in Winnett, 51-49. Last night (Thursday) the Rams defeated Centerville by a score 53-46 in Centerville.
Cameron Wollman had 23 points in the win, while Jacob Jessen added 11.
Against DGS, Wollman got hot in the second half of the contest to score 12 of his 14 points in that half. Jessen was the high scorer for the Rams with 17 points. Two other starters, Charlie Keith and Caleb Hess, scored 10 points in the win.
Winnett-Grass Range’s other win was also at home. Last Saturday the Rams defeated Tri-City (Moore, Hobson, Judith Gap), 58-47. Jessen had 24 points in the win over the Titans, while Wollman added 15 points.
In their opening game of the conference season, the Rams stayed right with the Huskies in Belt. Belt jumped out to a 14-11 first quarter lead. At halftime the Huskies led, 23-21. After three quarters, Belt continued to lead by only two points, 29-27.
A Wollman field goal tied the score at 29-29 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. A couple of Ram turnovers proved to be costly. After the Huskies gained a 34-29 lead, Ram Coach Levi Johnson took a timeout. The Rams got back within three points of the Huskies at 36-33.
A lack of team fouls hampered Winnett-Grass Range late in the fourth quarter. With the Huskies up by 10 points, the Rams began to foul. It wasn’t until there was less than a minute to play that the Rams committed their seventh foul sending Belt to the free-throw line. The Huskies were able to come away with a 47-38 win.
Probably the biggest worry for Coach Johnson is his lack of depth. Against Belt, his five starters played all but 18 seconds of the game. Johnson sent Mathew Weller and Derrick Zimmerman in off the bench when there was a dead ball. With those 18 seconds left in the third quarter, the coach wanted to give Wollman and Hess a break. 

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