Ramona High’s Lady Bulldogs entered their second tournament of the season, the Bronco Invitational, and ended up playing nine games in 12 days at one stretch.
“Next year I won’t enter two tournaments back to back,” said Erin O’Connor, the team’s coach. “We actually were playing in two tournaments at one time, and we haven’t had enough practice time. We have improved with every game and I am proud of the way we have competed. We are on our way to a good season.
“Every player has given a good effort. We have had to adjust on the run. We can correct the mistakes we have made in practice.”
Ramona finished the tournament with a 5-5 record as the team entered its last tournament at Serra High School before entering Valley League play after the school district’s winter break.
Playing so many games in a short period of time doesn’t allow players to heal from minor injuries and aches and pains. Girls basketball is a physical game, and Ramona has been playing some very physical teams.
The Lady Dawgs started the Rancho Bernardo Invitational Tournament by beating the host Rancho Bernardo Broncos 59-53.
RaeAnne Van Tol dominated the boards as she grabbed a season high 23 rebounds and scored 12 points. Kellie Schoepp also made her presence felt in the paint as she hauled in 14 boards and scored 22 points.
Schoepp made the most of her free throw opportunities as Rancho Bernardo sent her to the charity stripe 13 times and she hit 12 free throws.
Tessa Balcom scored all of her 15 points by beating the Bronco zone with five three point goals. Paige Conroy scored 6 points. Felisha Stead scored 2 points and Kim Whelehon scored 2 points in the victory.
Poway High School handed Ramona’s Lady Dawgs their first loss of the season in a second round game in the Rancho Bernardo Invitational. The Titans beat the Lady Bulldogs 64-28 on the Titans’ home court.
Poway’s pressure defense stopped the Ramona attack as the Lady Titans manned up and cut off the passing lanes to keep Ramona from getting three point shots. The Titans forced over 30 turnovers. No Ramona player scored in double figures.
Morgan Gross led the Lady Dawgs in scoring with 6 points. Balcom (5), Conroy (4), Stead (3), Tori Sheppard (1), Van Tol (2) and Whelehon (2) scored in the game. Balcom and Stead hit one 3-point goal apiece.
Ramona bounced back to play well in a 53-48 loss to perennial power Cathedral Catholic. Ramona’s offense got back in gear as Schoepp led all scorers with 18 points.
Ten of Schoepp’s points came from free throws as the Dons had to foul her in the paint. Schoepp grabbed an amazing 17 rebounds to register a double-double.
Balcom hit two more 3-point goals and added 8 points to the Lady Bulldog cause. Conroy hit a 3-pointer and scored 8 points.