The Lady Rams secured a third place berth at the Southern B Divisonals to take them onto the State B Tournament in Bozeman this weekend. The Lady Rams and Lady J-Hawks faced off against each other after both lost their opening games to Forsyth and Jefferson respectively. Red Lodge went down 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 while Joliet lost 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15. The first loser out encounter of the tournament saw the Rams triumph over the J-Hawks 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. For Red Lodge Jill Purcell got 16 of 37 kills, 4 of 11 blocks, and 3 of 8 aces. Rylee Kane got 27 of 80 digs and Natalie Hilderman 31 of 34 assists. For the J-Hawks, BreAnna Kramer and Nicole Luloff had 7 apiece of the 26 kills, with Kaylee Rowlison making 15 of the 73 digs. McKinna Olson got 24 out of 24 assists. The victory earned Red Lodge a play off against Baker who they promptly dispatched 25-17, 25-13, 25-17. Daniella Russell got 12 kills from 38, Hanna Kohley made half of the 10 aces, Kane 10 of 38 digs and Hilderman repeating her efforts from the second game with 31 assists from 34. Onwards Red Lodge marched into the 4th place match, defeating Jefferson in five sets, 24-26, 25-19, 25-11, 26-28, 15-10. On form this night was another good showing from Russell with 7 aces out of 20, and 22 kills from 64. Kane pulled out 39 digs from an astounding 111 and Hilderman impressed with 56 assists out of 60. The Lady Rams now had a shot at a final place if they could get passed Forsyth again. But again the Dogies proved to strong, defeating the Rams 25-19, 25-21, 25-17. Russell got 13 of 23 kills, and Hilderman obtained 100 percent in assists, getting 22. Lady Rams coach Darcy Stracke feels the team is in a “good position” going to State. “We’re super young, and only have a few seniors. We have very driven players, and each tournament is like a brand new season,” she said. “Losing the first game at Divisionals was an eye opener but we came back, winning the next three games.” Regarding another possible encounter with Huntley Project, Stracke said, “We’ll approach Huntley like any other team, taking it one game at a time.” The Lady Rams face Fairfield, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at MSU-Bozeman. For more photos please click here.