Ridgecroft ladies roll on Senior Night

Published 10:38 am Monday, January 30, 2012

AHOSKIE – It was a senior night spectacular.

Ridgecroft School saluted it’s senior female student-athletes in all sports Friday night just before the girls basketball team rolled to a 63-32 win over Albemarle School upping their record to 13-6 and 6-2 in Tarheel Independent Conference play.

The one-two punch of Hennie Larabee and Miller Bryant – back together again after each missed several games – corralled the Colts to the tune of 45 points between them – Larabee with 30 while senior Bryant scored 15.

Fellow senior Lauren Colson scored 10 to round out the double-figure scoring for the Lady Rams while Mary-joe Harrell had eight.

“It was a great way to honor the seniors,” said Ridgecroft coach Susan Oliver. “They played hard and it was great to get Hennie back at near-full strength.

“She came back part-way from her injury (knee) against Pungo last week,” she added, “and then she was back in the starting lineup Thursday against Lawrence with a great game and 28 points; and then tonight another double-figure game.  What a great leader on the court.”

After surrendering the first four points to open the game Ridgecroft was never really tested after that, nearly doubling the score in the end.

Shannon Staples led Albemarle in scoring with 15 points.

The Lady Rams were down 4-0 when Larabee showed she was back with a driving layup off the glass.  After that it was all jump shots, beginning with Harrell hitting the first of four three-pointers for the home team.

They closed the quarter with a 10-point lead, 16-6.

The second quarter scoring nearly mirrored the first: one layup (Harrell) with the rest being jump shots including a trio of treys; two of those three-point scoring heaves from Bryant.

Bryant’s final two triples closed out the half and sent Ridgecroft into the locker room up 29-15.

In the third quarter the Lady Rams turned up the defensive pressure leading to steals and more layups.

A Colson jump shot made the score 33-17. That was followed by two straight Albemarle turnovers that led to Ram layups.

Leading by 20, 37-17, Ridgecroft then spread the floor again and began raining in jump shots.  This led to a 10-4 run with Bryant and Larabee doing the damage and sent the Lady Rams into the final eight minutes ahead, 47-21.

With the game comfortably in hand Oliver milked the clock in the fourth.  Only one jump shot field goal made it into the books as the Rams finished the night having made 10-of-18 three-point shots.

“We had some turnovers there,” said Colts coach Colin Woodley, “but it was the three-point shooting that killed us. We didn’t defend the three-point line and they had quality athletes that made quality shots.”

Ridgecroft hosts Northeast Academy tonight (Tuesday).