Ringgold Tigers

The Ringgold Lady Tigers held visiting Northwest Whitfield to just four points in the first quarter on Friday night. However, the Blue-and-White would not be able to hang on to the lead as a big second half by Lady Bruin standout Tionna Baker lifted the visitors from Tunnel Hill to a 48-45 victory in a non-region game.

Ringgold took a 25-18 lead into intermission, but Northwest would come charging back with a 20-point third quarter to forge a 38-36 lead going into the final period.

Baker scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to pace the Lady Bruins.

Riley Nayadley had 13 points and seven rebounds for Ringgold (1-2). Rachel Lopez finished with 10 points and three steals. Rachel Akers had eight points and 11 boards, while Maggie Reed added seven points.

Northwest boys 72, Ringgold 48

In the nightcap, the Tigers trailed by just three points, 19-16, after the first eight minutes. But the Bruins would methodically extend their lead throughout each of the next three quarters to pick up the victory.

Logan Hullender paced the Tigers (1-2) with 18 points.

Both Ringgold teams will open Region 6-AAA play on Tuesday when Adairsville comes to David Moss Gymnasium for a doubleheader, starting at 6 p.m.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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