Ridge­land falls to hot-shoot­ing North­west, Pick­ens

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

The tem­per­a­ture out­side of the Ridge­land gym­na­sium last Tues­day night was frigid, but inside, noth­ing was hot­ter than the sec­ond-half shoot­ing of the North­west Whitfield Bru­ins.

The Bru­ins, who held a slim 41-36 ad­van­tage over up­set­minded Ridge­land at half­time, erupted for 65 points in the sec­ond half to turn a close game into a 106-64 run­away.

The Pan­thers led 27-19 in the sec­ond quar­ter, only to see North­west start to find its range late in the half. Ridge­land at­tempted to hang around in the early stages of the third quar­ter as they nar­rowed the gap down to 50-44. How­ever, that’s when North­west turned on the af­ter­burn­ers as they ended the quar­ter on a 23-4 run.

It was more of the same in the fi­nal pe­riod as the Bru­ins racked up 33 points, de­spite emp­ty­ing the benches mid­way through the pe­riod.

Fred Nor­man, Jr. had 17 points to lead Ridge­land, fol­lowed by Riley Har­ri­son with 10. Khris Walker and Kobe Lewis had eight points apiece, while Ethan Moyer fin­ished with six. Cedric Shrop­shire and Zach Har­ri­son both fin­ished with five points. Jor­dan Mclin had three points and K’yan Clark added two in the loss.

Fri­day night at Pick­ens, the Pan­thers stayed within strik­ing dis­tance all night long and erupted for 26 points in the fourth quar­ter. How­ever, their sea­son-high of 69 points still was not enough as the Dragons picked up a nar­row 72-69 vic­tory.

Nathan Carver drained five 3-point­ers and fin­ished with a team-high 17 points for Ridge­land (0-4, 0-2). Nor­man and Moyer had 13 points each, fol­lowed by Walker with nine points and Riley Har­ri­son with eight.

The Lady Pan­thers fell be­hind pow­er­house North­west 27-6 af­ter the first quar­ter and en­dured an 80- 33 loss.

Fran King led Ridge­land with seven points. D’erika Ervin and Asia Sil­mon had six each, while Kyla Hamby and Kiera Fos­ter added four each. Cor­da­sia Watkins fin­ished with three, Ciera Fos­ter had two and Maken­zie Howard added one point to com­plete the scor­ing.

Against Pick­ens, the Lady Pan­thers fell to 0-2 in 6-AAAA play and 0-4 over­all as the home team stretched out a six-point lead with five min­utes to play into a 74- 52 vic­tory.

Ervin had 12 points for Ridge­land in the loss, while King added 11 points.

/ Scott Herpst

Riley Har­ri­son glides to the bas­ket dur­ing Ridge­land’s Re­gion 6-AAAA home game against North­west Whitfield last week.

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