The CAM Girls started fast and were solid defensively in a double-digit win | Sports
(Anita) – Lifted by Reese Snyder’s 17 points, the CAM girls cruised to a 52-35 win over Rolling Valley Conference foe Boyer Valley.
The Lady Cougars started with a 15-6 first quarter lead. Reese Snyder had 11 of his team’s 15 points in the quarter. CAM Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joe Wollum was pleased with the start.
“I thought in the first half we played our best basketball for 3-4 minute stretches at a time,” Wollum said. “Reese Snyder was fabulous straight away (11 points in the 1st quarter) in the first quarter entering the scoring column. Our press was active, getting lots of turnovers early. The defense was excellent, getting rebounds and outings.
“Offensively we knocked down shots in the first half. Disappointing third quarter, I think we were 2 of 18 on the field, came out a bit nonchalant after halftime and allowed Boyer Valley to s ‘get back to it a little bit. Then, like you said, get a little bit out there in the 4th quarter.”
Snyder said turnovers sometimes hurt, but his team persevered.
“Overall, I liked everything,” Snyder said of the match. “I mean, we had some turnovers here and there, but we came together and played as a family for sure. I love playing with these girls. They’re an amazing team to play with.”
Despite not scoring early, Boyer Valley cut the lead, which was once 28-10, to 33-19 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs even fell to less than eight points during the 3rd quarter.
However, once the lead was down to just 35-27, CAM stepped on the gas and trailed Boyer Valley 17-8 the rest of the game.
The Cougars will now head into the break with a 6-2 record. Coach Wollum said he liked the tenacity with which his group played throughout the first half of the season.
“I like our girls’ fight. We’re feisty. We’ll attack you on defense. We’re physical. I like that stuff,” Wollum continued. “Hopefully during the break we can shoot the ball a bit better the second half of the season, especially from the three-point line. I mean, we were 2 for 18 tonight from the three-point line , too . Hopefully knocking down outside shots, free throws and scoring even more points in 2022.”
CAM will be back at home against Glidden-Ralston on January 4. The Bulldogs have one more challenger ahead of the Christmas break. They will host Exira-EHK on Tuesday.
You can see the full interview with Wollum and Snyder below.