Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Sports Editor

EDGARD-Head Coach Lester Smith’s West St. John Lady Rams have a tall task in front of them.

Finishing district 10-2A in third place with a 7-2 record and a 9-8 overall record, the Lady Rams must go on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

West St. John will travel to Welsh on Thursday night at 6:00 for a battle with the district champions of district 5-2A.

The Lady Rams concluded their season this past Friday when they defeated Buras 50-41.

As she has the entire season, Jada Fiffie led the Lady Rams with 13 points and Kelly Young added 12 in the big win.

The story of the game was the third quarter as West St. John outscored Buras 15-6 to take a lead that they would not relinquish.

“We played well against Buras,” Smith said. “I thought it was a good performance. We played a good overall game on both sides of the court, offensively and defensively.”

“We have to continue to try and play good defense,” Smith said. “We also have to be able to put points on the scoreboard from people other than Jada. She can not be the only person that we look to for points.”

From what he has seen on tape of Welsh, Smith said the Lady Rams will have their work cut out for them.

“They are a good team,” Smith said. “They are 22-4. They are going to full-court press us the entire game so we have to be ready for it.”

Breaking the full-court pressure defense that Welsh will imply will be the biggest key according to Smith for West St. John to have any chance of victory.

“We have to be able to break the press,” Smith said. “We had a chance to get a higher playoff seed, but we couldn’t. So we have to be ready to take on a good Welsh team and be ready. I think that our team will be up to the challenge.”