Bella Ramey’s success story is well-documented (“The Sophomore Sensation”). The Lady Warriors are currently 4-5-2 on the season and enduring a very difficult month of March. Since a fantastic 3-0 start to the season, White County has since gone winless over the past four matches.
That may sound bad — but consider that those four losses have come against top-10 ranked teams, including #2-ranked, undefeated Flowery Branch in Class 5A, #2-ranked Blessed Trinity in Class 4A, #2-ranked Athens Academy in Class 1A and #1-ranked Marist in Class 4A. Marist and Blessed Trinity are the top two teams in the state, and play in the same region as White County.
In the four straight losses, the Lady Warriors and Ramey were outscored 21-1, and those opponents have a combined record of 29-2-1. Incredible! So while the losses hurt White County, first year head coach Megan Runkle, Ramey and others are going to be stronger because of this stretch.
“Mentally we stayed strong on the field,” said Ramey, who pointed out that despite the loss to Marist [and Athens Academy], they didn’t give up many goals. The girls fell 3-0 to #1-ranked Marist and 1-0 to #2-ranked Athens Academy.
They will not take to the pitch again until next Friday, March 23, with the March 20 Towns County game getting scratched. That’s a long layoff, but the girls can work on areas that were exposed against those powerhouse teams, and gear up for the stretch run against West Hall (March 23) and Chestatee (March 27). Those are two key region contests (the last two region matchups on the schedule). To secure a spot in the state playoffs for the sixth straight season, the girls need to win one of those games.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” says Ramey on keeping the state playoff streak alive. “We play in a tough region with Marist and Blessed Trinity, but I think playing West Hall next week gives us a good chance to make state.”