The reasons are many of why we are TPS Proud of this basketball team.

The Lady Rams played tough in the state championship game before falling on Saturday, March 21, to No. 1 ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter at The Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center in Columbus. The team had made it to the title game after beating Beloit West Branch by 51-37 in a semi-final game on Friday, March 20, in Columbus.

We are proud the Lady Rams are four-time City League champions who made it to the state tournament's Final Four for the second straight year.

They played with determination and grit in compiling a 23-5 record and were ranked 10th in the state going into the Final Four.

Junior Akrienreh Johnson has been named co-Player of the Year in Division II and has already verbally committed to play at the University of Michigan, as have junior Keasja Peace and sophomore Brelynn Hampton-Bey. Teammate Sydney Petty, a junior, has said she will attend the University of Cincinnati and Tanaya Beacham, a junior who moved here this year from Youngstown, has indicated she will play for Xavier University.

They will be following in the footsteps of 10 of Coach Lamar Smith's former players who have gone on to play college basketball, including seven at the Division I level. We are especially TPS Proud of Coach Smith, who took over a 1-18 team just five seasons ago.

Read about the Thursday pep rally that sent the Lady Rams off to Columbus under TPS News. The Toledo Free Press also did a nice feature on Coach Smith. You can read that here: