Posted: 5:44 pm Sunday, January 10th, 2010

With Myeisha Hall back, Palm Beach Lakes is a team on the rise 

By Post Staff

Palm Beach Lakes got junior guard Myeisha Hall back on Wednesday after she missed seven games with a calf injury and a torn ligament in her elbow. She was back in time to play with the Rams in Saturday’s thrilling two-point loss to Dwyer.

“I’ll take it, considering they were supposed to have a running clock on us based on our records,” Rams coach Cassandra Rahming said.

The loss showed that the Rams, 4-11, have made great strides since the beginning of the season but there were a moments where their youth was obvious. The biggest one came in the final seconds. Dwyer’s Precious Bridges had just made two free throws to give the Panthers the 59-57 lead with seven seconds remaining. When Lakes got the ball back, they lost control of it and a jump ball was called giving Dwyer possession. After the Panthers put the ball in play, the Rams failed to foul and time ran out.

That said, the Rams played way better than their record indicates and Hall’s injury may have proved to be a blessing in disguise to the very young team.

“While we hated not having her, not having her made them have to grow up a little faster than they may have wanted to,” Rahming said. “(Freshman) Shanovia (Dove) has played outstanding. She’s still growing and learning but with Myeisha on the floor, all of their comfort levels go up and their confidence skyrockets.”

Dove scored 34 points in a loss to Martin County and averaged 22 points per game when Hall was out.

The Rams have also been taking their lumps with an extremely tough schedule that has included Trinity Christian, Miami Norland and Palm Beach Gardens. On the remainder of their schedule is Tampa Freedom, Cardinal Newman, King’s Academy and Jupiter. And at this point, their regular season record doesn’t matter a whole lot to them as long as they are getting good experience leading up to the district tournament.