Rams ‘triple threat’ leads to win over RCS
Published 12:00 am Monday, December 29, 2008
By RYAN ARENA
West St. John is off to its best start in years, due in large part to a triple threat that’s developed for the Rams over the season’s first month.
Kyla Morris, Shantell Pablo and Jailyn Gordon each scored in double figures on Tuesday as the Lady Rams topped Reserve Christian for the second time in less than a week, 58-26 at Reserve.
Morris scored 18, Pablo 17 and Gordon 14 as West St. John (5-2) is proving to be a difficult cover for opponents on the defensive end.
“We haven’t started this fast in awhile. It’s kind of hard to say exactly why,” said West St. John Coach Lester Smith. “I think a lot of it has to do with getting more than we expected from Pablo and Gordon. Both are scoring in double figures for the year, and combining that with Morris makes us tough to stop.”
Morris is averaging 15 points a game to lead the Rams, but her teammates aren’t far behind. Gordon is averaging 12.4 points per game, while Pablo is scoring 11.7 a night.
Unlike their game with the Eagles on Friday night, the Rams got off to a quick start. West St. John led Reserve 16-6 after a quarter, and extended their lead to 34-10 at halftime.
“We were a little more focused this time, especially early,” said Smith.
Defensively, WSJ held Reserve (3-11) in single digits in each quarter.
Daysha Blount led the Eagles with 10 points. Raven Campbell added seven.
In the second half, Smith was able to play some of his younger players. Renea Julian was one who made the most of her increased playing time, scoring eight points.
“We tried to get her the ball, to help her gain confidence,” said Smith.
The veteran Rams coach says that the team’s early season success is essentially planting the seeds for continued prosperity, as his players gains more and more confidence in themselves.
“Each game, they’re getting better and better,” he said. “They compliment each other. We don’t have selfish players who are worried about individual numbers. Everyone’s passing the ball and working together.”