RHAM gets through tough week, taking on top two teams in the state

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jan. 10, 2012
Sarah Veilleux shoots for RHAM, blocked by E.O. Smith's Morgan Olander.
Sarah Veilleux shoots for RHAM, blocked by E.O. Smith's Morgan Olander.

The RHAM Sachems headed into a game against E.O. Smith High School, currently ranked the number one girls’ basketball team in the state, after a tough 56-26 loss to Tolland (currently ranked number two). “We didn’t play very well against Tolland,” said RHAM coach Tim Guernsey. “We didn’t play with intensity. We were flat on both ends of the court.”

But RHAM brought back the intensity for the Panthers, and they kept up that intensity, even after a number of unanswered baskets by E.O. Smith sent them to the locker room at halftime facing a large deficit. Thanks to consistent energy and effort from key players, including Sarah Veilleux, Brittney Lovett, Cameron Rishell and Marissa St. Louis, the Sachems managed to cut that deficit down to 13, for a final score of 63-50 Panthers.

“I thought we played hard all the way to the end,” said Guernsey. “I’m very happy with the way we played, and hopefully it shows the girls if we keep up that intensity, we’ll be fine.”

The RHAM girls’ basketball team’s next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 17, against Fermi High School, beginning at 7 p.m.

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