Posted: 6:58 pm Monday, December 7th, 2009

Palm Beach Lakes experiencing growing pains 

By Post Staff

There was a common thought before basketball season started that Palm Beach Lakes (1-5) would be among the area’s best teams despite losing eight seniors. It might be a while into the season before that forecast comes true. The Rams did return Myeisha Hall, a Post first team all-area selection last season, but their team consists of five juniors and four freshmen.

Just how young are they? When the Rams kept losing, the younger players thought they wouldn’t be able to play in the district tournament until coach Cassandra Rahming informed them that everyone makes the district tournament regardless of their regular season record. The young Rams got all starry-eyed when Rahming told them they’d be staying in a hotel for their holiday tournament in Fort Myers. One player wasn’t sure where to go for pregame introductions.

But that fact that the regular season is a mere warm-up for the postseason is giving them a reason to be optimistic.

Rahming said the Rams keep showing signs of improvement, which is all you can really ask of a team that young. On Saturday, Palm Beach Lakes was down 20 to Lincoln Park early then came back to within two late in the game before Lincoln Park put it away with some late free throws.

“The Lincoln Park game was a true test that they’re getting better,” Rahming said. “We played them tough.”

Hall has had to carry the load for the Rams but she missed a couple games with an injury and in her absence, freshman Shanovia Dove stepped up. Rahming said when the University of Miami’s scouts came to watch Hall at a recent game, Dove jumped out at them.

Rahming has had some great players and teams at Palm Beach Lakes and having a team this young is a first for her. But the season is long and all that really matters is how you do once the playoffs start.