On a night the Tinora Lady Rams basketball program honored their five member senior class of Sierra Brown, Dakota Schaffner, Emily Harr, Maggi Nagel, and Liv Mueller, it also brought a couple of firsts.
For the first time this season, the Lady Rams sported their new 2022-23 home white uniforms. A delay by the manufacturer delayed the delivery of the new uniforms that arrived late last week.
The second first, and tear-jerking moment, saw Lady Rams senior Sierra Brown suit up for the first time this season. Brown was injured a week prior to the seasons start during a scrimmage game and was unable to play her senior season.
Along with her five senior teammates on the floor, the Lady Rams controlled the tap, fellow injured Lady Rams Dakota Schaffner passed the ball into Brown, Sierra then bucketed her first points of her senior season for a great feel good moment for all in attendance. (Video below)
Stryker would jump out to a 13-6 lead over the Lady Rams after the initial quarter, as Stryker’s Lexi Wickerham would knock down five of her seven first quarter points in the first three minutes for the visiting Panthers.
The Lady Rams would struggle from the field in the initial quarter.
The second quarter would see the Lady Rams chip away at the Panthers lead. Tinora sophomore Nova Oluley would bucket two deep three pointers in the quarter, scoring six of her 13 total points.
The Panthers had the reigning BBC conference player of the year in their pocket as Sage Woolace would try to keep the Panthers lead in check, she would also, however, pick up her second foul midway through the first half.
A Woolace followup with just under the three-minute mark in the second quarter put the Panthers up 21-15, Woloace would knock down seven points in the half.
Tinora would rally to cut the lead at the half to 23-22.
Liv Mueller would lead the Lady Rams with seven points, Wickerham with nine for the Panthers.
Tinora would bust out of the half with five quick points, grabbing a 27-23 lead, the Lady Rams would never relinquish the lead over the final half.
In the key third quarter run, Karli Okuley would drain a three, giving Tinora a 25-23 lead, then another quick bucket by Karli would gibe the Lady rams a four point lead.
Tinora’s defense would then take over the quarter, limiting the Panthers to just four points as the Lady Rams lockdown D would end the quarter with a 28-27 lead.
The Panthers scoring leader, Sage Woolace would also pick up her fourth foul late in the third quarter, a key point for both teams.
The fourth quarter would see a gaggle of fouls called, both teams would wind up in the bonus midway through the fourth quarter.
A Julia Durfey deep three would give Tinora a 31-27 lead a minute into the fourth quarter. Live Mueller would follow with another deep three, this one from the left corner, giving Tinora a 34-27 lead over Stryker at the 5:50 mark of the final quarter.
Woolace would try to get the Panthers back in it as she converted a three point lead at the 3:26 mark, cutting the Tinora lead to 36-32.
Stryker’s Woolace would collect her fifth foul at the 1:40, mark, fouling out with 10 points on the night.
Karli Okuley would find Liv Mueller wide open under the basket for two after dribbling 45 seconds off the clock, the bucket would put Tinora up 41-35 with 45 seconds left.
The Lady Rams would convert down the stretch on both offense and defensive ends, giving the Lady Rams a 46-38 win on Senior Night.
With the win, Tinora moved to 12-9. The Lady Rams have won 5 of 6 and will close the regular season at Antwerp on Thursday.
Stryker dropped their third straight, falling to 15-6. Stryker closes their regular season vs Pettisville Thursday.
The Higbea Embroidory Player of the Game went to the entire senior class of Sierra Brown, Dakota Schaffner, Emily Harr, Maggi Nagel, and Liv Mueller.
Congratulation ladies, what a great evening you all gave us.