Lady Rams make it six in a row


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead coach Daniel Alvis instructs his players during a timeout.


OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Chely Laster plays defense in the post against Lewisburg.


Lewisburg’s Alexis Rosser brings the ball up the court in the county championship game.


OJ Stapleton|NDL Lewisburg’s Sydney Lee guards Olmstead’s Brea Croslin.


The Lewisburg Lady Rangers were county middle school runners-up.


OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Brea Croslin collides with a defender while pushing the ball up the court.


The Olmstead Middle School girls’ basketball team cruised to a sixth straight Logan County championship on Tuesday by beating Lewisburg 39-20 at Logan County High School.

“It was a season of great accomplishments,” said Olmstead coach Daniel Alvis. “We finished 24-7 with the toughest schedule we have ever put together. Just to mention a few stand-out wins….winning against Todd County twice, South Warren twice, Owensboro Catholic twice, Moss Middle, Butler County twice, James Madison (Madisonville), South Hopkins, Muhlenberg North and Greenbrier, Tenn. The seven we lost along the way – including four at the Middle School State Tournament in Lexington against Pikeville, Dorton, Meece, South Pulaski. We played a tournament in Bowling Green….losing close games to Bowling Green and Drakes Middle. All these losses were tight down to the wire with us having to give way to fouls, but their heart and determination kept growing. I do have to mention this summer’s schedule at Belmont University where we went 7-2 and beat JV high school teams from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.”

Olmstead jumped out in a hurry, going up 12-0 in the first quarter against the Lady Rangers before Lewisburg got a basket late to make the quarter score 12-2.

At halftime, Olmstead lead 23-6 and never looked back from there.

The Lady Rams had lost at home to Lewisburg in the regular season finale.

“Yes, our last regular season game this year was against Lewisburg and we lost in overtime by one,” Alvis said. “We struggled shooting the ball that night, as we shot 20 percent for the game, and I was cheering from Honduras. So, the motivation was to get in the gym and get focused on our shooting and we did. Our game plan we put in place for the championship game worked perfectly. The girls had their focus, game plan, with their always constant determination and heart – they were definitely prepared and ready.”

The Lady Rams were led in scoring by Brea Croslin, who finished with 15 points. Paige Vanzant added 13 points and her twin sister Peyton finished with 11 to round out the scoring for Olmstead.

“I can’t say enough about the girls. The sixth eighth graders have been with me four years and I have watched them mature each year,” Alvis said. “We teach high school level offense and defense in order to try and get them ready for the next level and this group as with all the previous teams we have had here at Olmstead have bought in to this concept and have really excelled. No words can express how much each girl that goes through this program mean to Coach Wilcutt and myself.”

The main goal for the team all season long was to win a sixth straight county championship, and they accomplished that.

“It is a great accomplishment for these teams to be champions of our district tournament and really hope that our teams continue to strive to be in that championship game,” Alvis said. “But, more emphasis goes into how we compete with the schools that these girls will see in teams that we play in our high school district, region, and even state. I am proud to say, these Lady Rams over the last 6 years have beat most of the teams in our region and surrounding areas that we have played, that is the real accomplishment of these ladies. I think the next four years the Lady Cougars have a real opportunity to be at the top in the region and compete for some trips to the state tournament.”

Lewisburg was led in scoring by Sydney Lee, who finished with eight points. Hayley Schweers scored six, Addie White had four and Abby Hinton added two.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead coach Daniel Alvis instructs his players during a timeout.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0496.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead coach Daniel Alvis instructs his players during a timeout.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Chely Laster plays defense in the post against Lewisburg.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0513.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Chely Laster plays defense in the post against Lewisburg.

Lewisburg’s Alexis Rosser brings the ball up the court in the county championship game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0532.jpgLewisburg’s Alexis Rosser brings the ball up the court in the county championship game.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Lewisburg’s Sydney Lee guards Olmstead’s Brea Croslin.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0577.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Lewisburg’s Sydney Lee guards Olmstead’s Brea Croslin.

The Lewisburg Lady Rangers were county middle school runners-up.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0812.jpgThe Lewisburg Lady Rangers were county middle school runners-up.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Brea Croslin collides with a defender while pushing the ball up the court.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0629.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Brea Croslin collides with a defender while pushing the ball up the court.

By OJ Stapleton

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