OVERLAND -- If there’s one thing Ladue girls basketball coach Cord Dockery is certain of through the first half of the season when it come to his team, is that the Rams will always play up or down to their competition.
Two weeks ago, Ladue was on a --game winning streak, but still managed to play one of its worst games of the season in a loss to 1-5 Notre Dame.
But on other occasions against much better competition, the Rams have played extremely well and brought home wins against teams like Summit, Whitfield, Parkway West and Confluence.
That trend continued on Friday afternoon in the championship game of the newly-minted Ritenour Holiday Tournament, as Ladue delivered a superb performance from start to finish, to claim a 52-44 tournament winning title over the previously unbeaten and Top 10 ranked home team (8-1) Huskies.
Senior guard Elizabeth Greenberg was especially clutch for the Rams, knocking down 13 of 16 free throws on the day, including seven in the final minute of the game, and nine total in the fourth quarter, which helped Ladue stave off Ritenour’s furious comeback attempt.
The Huskies, who came into the game with a gleaming 8-0 record and the No. 8 ranking in the area‘s most recent Top 10 girls basketball poll, trailed a determined Ladue club by as many as 10 points early in the third quarter, before rallying to within four points early in the fourth.
But Greenberg and her teammates refused to wilt and kept attacking the rim, which forced the aggressive Ritenour defense to foul or allow the Rams a easy baskets in the paint.
Greenberg was given the chore of handling the ball and crunch time, which meant when Ritenour fouled, they were going to have to foul her.
And did she deliver, to finish with a game-high 18 points, while teammates Cate Meyer and Katherine DeBoer added 10 points apiece.
Ladue will now head into the new year with an 8-4 record, and a winning streak that includes five W’s in the Rams last six games. Previously, Ladue was the two-time champs of the Hancock holiday tournament.
Ladue also hopes to get some good news regarding star center Taylor Robinson once 2013 gets here.
The 6-foot-3 senior, who is committed to play Division I basketball at Temple University next fall, has been back practicing with her Ladue teammates and hopes to return to action soon.
Head coach Cord Dockery would only say Robinson has not been playing because she needed to take some “personal time” to take care of an undisclosed issue.
When the new year begins, Ladue’s first game of 2013 will be on Friday, January 4, when the Rams will play their Suburban East Conference opener at home against Jennings.
Tip-off for the game that night is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Score by Quarters ........... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 -- Final Score
Ladue .............................. 9 . 15 ... 6 .. 22 -- 52
Ritenour ......................... 11 .. 5 ... 8 .. 20 -- 44
Ladue -- Elizabeth Greenberg 18, Katherine DeBoer 10, Cate Meyer 10, Kaitlynn Walker 8, Nicole McNichols 4, Jelissa Puckett 2.
Ritenour -- Chanel Cooper 11, Kopper Chumbly 11, Donshel Beck 10, Desree Wallace 6, Jasmine Bowdry 4, Brittany Mixon 2.