Ringgold Tigers

Giving up height at virtually every position on the floor, the Ringgold Lady Tigers gave a gutsy effort on the defensive end and opened the new season with a 40-33 victory over Northwest Whitfield Saturday night at the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Classic.

Neither team enjoyed a lead of more than single digits all game long. Ringgold led 14-10 after one quarter and went up 20-17 at intermission before taking a 32-30 narrow advantage into the fourth quarter.

But the Lady Tigers put on a clinic in how to rebound and box out bigger opponents. They would hold the Lady Bruins to just three points in the final eight minutes to score the victory.

Rachel Lopez had two 3-pointers and a game-high 20 points for Ringgold (1-0). Hannah Scott chipped in with six points and Baileigh Pitts scored five, including a key transition lay-up with 1:30 to go to ice the victory.

Leiah Henderson had three points, while Taylor Layne, Addi Broome and Kayla Lopez each scored two. Kayla Lopez also dished out five assists, while Brooke Baldwin grabbed seven boards.

Emma Allen had 13 points to lead Northwest.

Northwest boys 70, Ringgold 56

Tied 28-28 at halftime, the Bruins were finally able to pull away late in the fourth quarter.

Northwest went ahead 48-43 after three quarters and they were still ahead by five, 55-50, with just over two minutes to play.

Forced to press, Ringgold gave up some baskets in transition and eventually had to put the Bruins on the free throw line.

Four players scored in double-figures for Northwest, led by Payton Baker's 23 points.

O'Reilly Matthews knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points for Ringgold (0-1), while Cooper Sexton came off the bench to score 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Brevin Massengale and Luke Rominger had seven points each, and Gage Long chipped in with three.

Both Ringgold teams will be back in action at the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Classic on Monday. The Lady Tigers will take on Dade County at 4 p.m., followed by the Tigers' game against East Ridge at 5:30. They will close out the festivities on Wednesday with 1 and 2:30 p.m. games against Ridgeland.

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


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