The Ringgold Lady Tigers made up a seven-point deficit in a span of three minutes late in the fourth quarter on Friday and held on for a 47-44 win over Ridgeland on the final night of the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Tournament.
Ringgold opened the game with an 8-1 lead, only to see Ridgeland storm back on a 17-4 run to grab a 22-20 lead at intermission.
Ringgold (3-0) would edge ahead, 29-28, midway through the third quarter, but Ridgeland would go on another run. Keyed by a 3-pointer from Haley Sandridge, the Lady Panthers would forge a 37-30 cushion by the end of the period.
They would extend that lead to eight points with six minutes left, but an 8-0 run by the Lady Tigers would knot the game before a Shelby Cole free throw gave Ringgold a 42-41 advantage with 3:02 to play.
D'Erika Ervin put Ridgeland back in front with a 3-pointer, 44-42, but Rachel Akers tied the game with a bucket in the paint with 1:41 to play and Kaylee Womack would give Ringgold the lead for good on a runner with 44 seconds remaining.
Ridgeland saw a potential go-ahead 3-pointer rim out on its next possession and the Lady Panthers were forced to foul. Cole made 1-of-2 at the line, giving the Lady Panthers one final chance to tie the game. However, another 3-point attempt would come up short and Faith Bryson would grab the rebound to secure the victory.
Womack had eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and added five assists. Akers also scored 12 points, while Cole had nine, including connecting on 7-of-10 free throws, while adding nine boards.
Brylee Dunn had a dozen points for Ridgeland, followed by Sandridge with 11 and Ervin with nine.
Ringgold boys 50, Ridgeland 42
In the nightcap, the Tigers held the Panthers to just one point in the first quarter, but needed a late 7-0 run to finally put away with a scrappy Ridgeland squad.
Ridgeland did not connect from the field until a Nathan Carver 3-pointer with 6:54 left in the second quarter. Carver would drain another three shortly thereafter, pulling the Panthers to within six at 13-7.
However, the Tigers responded in a big way as they closed out the quarter on an 19-8 run that gave them what looked to be a seemingly comfortable 32-15 advantage at the break.
The Panthers would answer the bell in the third quarter, reeling off 12 straight points to slice the gap down to five. Nate Nation would finally end the scoreless drought for the Tigers with a basket, but Ridgeland would continue to chip away, pulling to within 36-33 by the end of the third.
Another six-point spurt by Ringgold pushed the lead back to nine, but Ridgeland would fight back to again chop it down to three at 43-40 on Carver's fifth 3-pointer of the night
The Panthers, though, would never get any closer. Ringgold scored two consecutive buckets, then took the air out of the ball, draining nearly two minutes off the clock on one possession before finally picking up the win.
Nine different players scored for the Tigers, led by 11 points from Jackson House. Cade Nayadley picked up eight and Chandler Chastain added seven.
Markeith Montgomery had 10 points for Ridgeland (1-1), while Christian Battle added six.
Ringgold boys 42, Notre Dame 29
The Tigers won their opening game in the tournament on Tuesday. After allowing 15 points in the first quarter, Ringgold held the Irish to just 14 total points in the final three quarters.
Nation and Blake Goldsmith each had nine points in the win, while Nayadley added seven for the Tigers (3-0).
Ringgold will host Northwest Whitfield in non-region games on Tuesday, while Ridgeland will be at home to face Gilmer in the Region 6-AAAA openers.