COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton Lady Rams head coach Tiffani Johnson could not explain why her team struggled against the Salem Lady Seminoles but was happy her team emerged victorious 42-29.
"I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day, so at the end of the day, we got a W," said Johnson. "We came out sluggish, a little discombobulated and unorganized. We just didn't come out sharp tonight."
The struggles were across the board for the Rams offensively, but their ability to keep the Lady Seminoles off of the scoreboard should be pleasing for Johnson.
With not many Lady Rams finding their way on the scoresheet, the Lady Rams needed their key players to step up, and although they struggled as well, they did just enough to earn the victory.
Senior Tijunna Freeman led the way for the Lady Rams with another double-digit performance as she finished with 12 points. Ashleigh Norris was not too far behind her with 9 points, and Ashanti Wright was next for the Lady Rams with 6 points.
Johnson believes that they will have to treat this game just like any other and not dwell on it, but rather take the good and move on from the bad from this contest.
"You kind of have to wash every game away. When it's over, you learn from it, and you keep moving; you can't hang onto it," Johnson said. "Whether it's a good win or a bad loss, you can't hang onto the highs and loss; you just have to look to the next game. So we've got a whole week to get ready and prepare for Thanksgiving against Forest Park, so we'll take this time to do that."
The Lady Rams will look to get back to their excellent play in their next game, which will come in the Parkview Thanksgiving Tip-Off Classic as they take on Forest Park on Monday, Nov. 25.