“They love each other. They share the ball. They trust each other.”
Woodward of the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference, Indian Hill and Wyoming of the Cincinnati Hills League, Roger Bacon and Bishop Fenwick of the Greater Catholic League Co-ed Division, Monroe out of the Southwestern Buckeye League and Batavia of the Southern Buckeye Athletic-Academic Conference represented Ross’ top competition for high seeds in Sunday’s draw going into Friday’s games.
The Rams made a definitive statement by opening the second half with a 14-2 run to take control of the game. Stepaniak scored the first four points and senior guard Sam Nunn followed up with a 3-pointer from the top of the key and a layup to help Ross take control.
“This was our last chance to make a good impression,” Lane said. “The second half showed who we are.”
“I feel like we’re not too confident,” said Stepaniak, who went into the game averaging 15.6 points per game and scored 15 points in the first half to help Ross stay in the game. “I don’t think we took them lightly.”
The Rams, who’ve won five straight games, hope to gather further momentum over their final three games of the season, a run that is scheduled to start Saturday with a non-conference game at Hamilton and continue on Tuesday with a non-conference game at Monroe before meeting neighboring-rival Talawanda at Ross next Friday.