Rams beat buzzer

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 9, 2004

AHOSKIE – On a night dedicated to honoring it’s senior athletes, it was Ridgecroft freshman Chris Mizelle’s only two points of the game that caused fans to rush the floor in celebration following what proved to be the game winning shot over Tarheel Independent Conference leading Terra Ceia Christian School here Friday night.

With the stands packed full of family and friends on Senior Night, Ridgecroft’s varsity boys came out pumped and excited.

&uot;It’s the one game, there’s nothing else like it,&uot; Rams Senior guard Jason Courtright said.

&uot;I think it inspired us.&uot;

Any worries of jitters due to the packed crowd and pre-game ceremonies were soon tossed aside as Josh Brittenham quickly drilled a three 24 seconds into the contest to set the tone for what would be a game to remember.

The Knights of Terra Ceia refused to simply step aside, however as they traded buckets with the Rams to keep the margin within one as the first quarter came to a close.

Despite going 1-for-6 from beyond the arc, Ridgecroft used defense to limit the Knights to just six points in the second quarter to increase their margin to four.

However, Terra Ceia came out strong after halftime and used a 7-0 run near the end of the third to close the quarter with a 37-34 lead.

After a quick three by freshman Chris Hill 18 seconds into the final quarter, the score was tied at 37-apiece.

Both teams once again traded buckets leading up to a still tied game after the Rams’ Jason Hill evened the score at 42 with 1:34 to play.

A pair of missed free throws by the Knights with less than a minute to play gave the Rams the ball and an opportunity for the last shot and a chance at the win.

The game seemed destined for overtime as C. Hill’s drive to the basket with only seconds left missed, however Mizelle’s rebound and put-back sealed the win.

&uot;Wonderfully, wonderfully played,&uot; Rams’ skipper Dave Rowzie said after the game.

&uot;I wanted them to win, not for me, but because their families are here, the entire school community really.&uot;

&uot;I’m especially happy for the seniors,&uot; he added. &uot;I knew we’d play well tonight. I didn’t know if we’d win, but I knew they were ready and this is one of those they’ll be able to tell their kids about.&uot;

Ridgecroft (44)

Mac Griffin – 15, J. Courtright – 8, C. Hill – 7, J. Hill – 4, J. Brittenham – 4, S. Homewood – 4, C. Mizelle – 2

Terra Ceia (42)

Bradley Van Staaldiunen – 14, P. Vander White – 6, J. Harris – 4, B. Simpson – 1