Following a 5-17 season a year ago, Pine-Richland was hoping for a solid effort at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. The Rams got what they had hoped for with victories over South Fayette (62-43) and Quigley Catholic (73-52) in capturing the Ambridge tournament this past weekend.
Tonight, the Rams get a true test in how things stand as they travel down Interstate 79 for a nonsection game with Chartiers Valley. The Colts finished 1-1 in the North Allegheny tournament this past weekend, falling to the host school 68-44, but capturing a 58-45 victory over Altoona in the second game.
Coach Cliff Foster's Rams are a young team with just three seniors -- Marisa Hombosky, Lydia Songer and Hannah Fassler -- on the 19-player roster. Whatever growing pains the Rams experience this season, there is plenty of room for growth as 15 of the players are either freshmen or sophomores.