A low scoring, defensive battle at Heritage on Tuesday night saw the visiting Ringgold Lady Tigers use a late run to pull out a 28-25 win.
Ringgold (4-1) led 18-13 in the third quarter, only to lose the lead on a 6-0 by the Lady Generals (3-2). The score would be tied at 22 with three minutes to play in the game when the Lady Tigers made one final push. The ensuing 5-0 spurt gave the Blue-and-White a 27-22 lead with less than 60 seconds to play.
Sarah Matherly scored her only three points of the game for the Lady Generals on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go, cutting Ringgold's lead down to two. However, Bailey Pitts was fouled and made one of two free throws with 8.2 seconds left to push the margin back to three and a final 3-point attempt by Heritage would miss its mark at the buzzer.
Taylor Layne had a game-high eight points for Ringgold. Pitts picked up seven points, all in the second half, while Sydney Cantrell added four in the victory.
Katie Thompson had seven points for Heritage. Elli Jost had all five of her points in the first quarter, while Gracie Murray and Riley Kokinda added four points each in the loss.
Heritage boys 45, Ringgold 31
The Generals (4-1) led 9-1 late in the first quarter, only to see their Catoosa County rivals roar back to forge a brief lead. Heritage would regain the advantage at halftime, 20-17, and extended the gap to 32-27 by the end of the third quarter.
Heritage would take control from their, outscoring the Tigers (3-2) in the final seven minutes, 13-4, to pull away for the victory.
Marcus Fortson had 14 points for the winners, followed by Kaden Swope with 12, Ryan Heet with seven and Cecil Bussey with five. Jacob Lozano added three points, while Bryce Travillian and Collin Swearingin each dropped in two.
Individual statistics for the Tigers were not provided as of press time.