Ridgecroft advances three teams to Cobbs tourney finals

Published 11:49 am Friday, December 2, 2022

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AHOSKIE – Ridgecroft School will be represented by three of its teams in the championship round of the second annual Doug Cobbs Scholarship Basketball Tournament.

The school’s jayvee girls, varsity girls and varsity boys all won on Thursday night in the tournament semifinals.

Varsity Girls

Ridgecroft – 59

Northeast – 23

In the varsity girls game on Thursday, MaKenzie Slaughter and Karley Jo Rose scored 15 points each to lead Ridgecroft to a 59-23 win over Northeast Academy.

The Lady Rams never trailed, building a 9-1 lead by the 3:11 mark of the first quarter led by a pair of baskets by Slaughter and a three-pointer from Klaire Cherry.

Gracie Baker (left) of Northeast Academy reaches for the ball while defended by Karley Jo Rose of Ridgecroft School. Rose and the Lady Rams won the Cobbs tournament semifinal game, 59-23. Staff Photo by Cal Bryant

Northeast rallied, using a bucket each from Leah McDermont and Hayes Hatcher to close the first quarter followed by points from the same duo to open the second period where the Lady Eagles got to within 13-8.

However, back to back baskets from Cherry and Karley Jo Rose kicked the Ridgecroft offense back in gear. By the time Cherry buried a three-pointer and Hannah Slaughter added a basket off a turnover, both coming inside the final 50 seconds of the second quarter, the Lady Rams had stretched their lead to 22-10 at halftime.

Using a balanced attack, the Lady Rams opened the second half with an 8-2 run and a 30-12 lead fueled by baskets from Kate Chamblee, M. Slaughter, Rose, and Molly Brown.

Sparked by a deuce and a trey from Brown, two hoops by M. Slaughter, and a triple from Rose, Ridgecroft went on a 16-2 tear to open the fourth quarter en route to a 31-point lead at 53-22.

Brown (9 points) Cherry (8), H. Slaughter (8), and Chamblee (4) rounded out the Ridgecroft scorebook.

Hatcher topped the Northeast scoring with 10 points. McDermont (5), Gracie Baker (4), Sarah Kate Ricks (3) and Lindsay White (1) added to the effort by the Lady Eagles.

Ridgecroft advanced to Friday’s tournament championship game vs. Lawrence Academy.

Varsity Boys

Ridgecroft – 56

Southampton – 41

It took a while for Ridgecroft to get into an offensive flow, but once they did the Rams got points from eight players and used that balance to claim a 56-41 win over Southampton Academy in Thursday’s semifinals.

Ridgecroft’s Justin Peterson (white jersey) dives to the floor and battles two Southampton Academy players for a loose ball in Thursday night’s semifinal action at the Doug Cobbs Scholarship Basketball Tournament. Peterson and his teammates prevailed, 56-41. Staff Photo by Cal Bryant

Holding a slim 10-6 lead late in the first quarter, the Rams used a pair of Nacir Lewis free throws and a three-pointer by Preston Edwards to stretch their advantage to 15-6 by the end of the period.

A running one-hander in the lane by Justin Peterson allowed the Rams to build a double-digit lead (20-10) a shade over three minutes into the second quarter. That margin nearly reached 15 points at halftime (29-15).

An old-fashioned three-point play from Baylor Edwards lit the torch on a 10-2 run and a 38-17 lead at the 5:04 mark of the third quarter. The Rams led 41-23 at the end of the period.

A deuce and a trey from Sawyer Chamblee plus a bucket down in the paint by Bill Vaughan staked the Rams to a 48-25 lead inside the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. That lead would reach as high as 26 points (56-30) when Edwards converted on another three-point play with 3:35 left.

Chamblee (13) and Edwards (12) led Ridgecroft in scoring. Peterson (8), Edwards (6), Emmanuel Savage (6), Lewis (4), Vaughan (4), and Jay Gaston (3) added to the Rams victory.

Grant Applewhite scored a game-high 21 points to pace Southampton.

Ridgecroft advanced to face Lawrence Academy in Friday’s tournament championship game. The Warriors reached the finals by defeating Pungo Christian Academy, 54-44, in a Thursday night semifinal game played in Merry Hill.

JV Girls

Ridgecroft – 37

Northeast – 25

In Thursday’s first semifinal action, Ridgecroft raced to a 25-4 halftime lead and then held off a hard-charging Northeast Academy squad to collect a 37-25 win.

The junior Lady Rams were led by Layla Oliver’s eight points, seven from Abigail Woodard, and six by Hannah Slaughter.

Northeast Academy’s Arland Davis had a big game for the junior Lady Eagles as she poured in a game-high 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half.

Ridgecroft advanced to Friday’s tournament title game against Lawrence Academy.

Wednesday’s games

In Wednesday’s opening round action at the Ridgecroft gym, Northeast Academy’s varsity girls held Southampton Academy scoreless in the first quarter, building a 10-0 lead en route to a 34-17 victory.

Hayes Hatcher led the Lady Eagles with 11 points. Sarah Kate Ricks nearly scored in double digits as she finished with nine points.

Gracie Baker (5) Lindsay White (3), Chloe Long (2) and Leah McDermont (2) rounded out NEA’s scoring.

Ann Morgan Matthews scored 11 points to pace Southampton.

In other first round action on Wednesday, Southampton built a 25-11 halftime lead and went on to defeat Ridgecroft School, 45-22, in jayvee boys action.

Landon Woodard led Ridgecroft with 15 points.

Grant Applewhite (16) and Jake Holland (13) each scored in double figures to top the Southampton scoring.

In Wednesday opening round action for the varsity boys, Southampton raced out to a 24-7 halftime lead en route to a 52-24 win over Northeast Academy.

Dawson Vann tallied 12 points to lead Northeast.

Ben Billorey led Southampton with 16 points.

In an opening round game played at Merry Hill, Lawrence Academy defeated Halifax Academy, 54-42. Mari Larry poured in 21 points to lead the Warriors. Mike Lee added 16 points.

Halifax was led by Zack White and Jackson Vincent who scored 16 and 14 points respectively.

No other scores were available from Wednesday’s first round action at Merry Hill.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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