Lady Rams secure title share

Published 12:36 pm Friday, February 11, 2011

AHOSKIE – Ridgecroft School closed out the regular season with a pair of league victories.

In so doing, the Lady Rams secured a tie for the Tarheel Independent Conference championship with Hobgood Academy after finishing 11-1 in the league.

The Lady Rams defeated non-league rival Faith Christian 42-37 and then knocked off Tarheel Independent Conference foe Terra Ceia Christian School 38-26 to secure their place tied atop the league standings.

Against Faith Christian, Lauren Colson led the Ridgecroft attack with 15 points while Miller Bryant chipped in 12. Brice Harrison added seven while Sara Hackney had five and Hennie Larabee accounted for four points.

Ridgecroft trailed 6-2 after one quarter in the contest, but rallied to close the gap to 16-15 by the intermission. The Lady Rams took the lead 28-25 by the end of the third quarter and rolled to the victory.

Morgan Powell and Ashley Weeks led Faith Christian with 11 points each.

In their next outing, the Rams took a 13-8 lead after one quarter and nearly pitched a shutout in the second as the Ridgecroft defense allowed just two points in that period. Ridgecroft led 20-10 at the intermission.

The Lady Rams continued to pull away in the third quarter and held a 31-18 lead after three periods.

Hackney led the offensive attack for Ridgecroft with 13 points while Larabee added 11. Bryant had six in the outing while Harrison and Colson each checked in with four.

Katie Jackson led Terra Ceia with 10 points.

“This was a good way to finish the regular season,” Ridgecroft Head Coach Susan Oliver said.

JV Lady Rams

In junior varsity action, the Lady Rams won one of three contests to close the regular season.

Ridgecroft beat Northeast Academy 22-10, but fell to Faith Christian 34-18 and dropped a 21-18 decision to Terra Ceia.

Erin Cooke paced the Rams against Northeast with nine points while Mary-joe Harrell added five and Emily Grace had four.

“We had a slow start in the first half, but did much better on offense and defense in the second half,” Oliver said.

Holly Byrum led Northeast with four points.

Against Faith Christian, the Lady Rams fell behind 18-2 after the first half and never recovered, despite playing even in the second half.

Cooke again led the team with 11 points while Grace had seven.

In the finale, Terra Ceia jumped out to an early lead and held off Ridgecroft’s late charge.

Grace was the leading scorer with eight points while Cooke had five. Nicole El-Khoury added three and Harrell had two.

The split left the Lady Rams 9-6 overall for the season and 5-4 in the Tarheel Independent Conference.