Ringgold Tigers

The Ringgold Lady Tigers suffered an eight-point loss to the Calhoun Lady Jackets in Calhoun back in early December, but returned the favor with a narrow four-point win in Ringgold back on Jan. 14.

So when the two rivals were scheduled to meet in Friday night's Region 6-AAA tournament semifinals, there was no reason to believe that the rubber match would be anything less than another nail-biter.

However, that was not what happened.

The Lady Tigers, the tournament's No. 1 seed, played lockdown defense all game long and put on a passing clinic as they steamrolled the Lady Jackets, 66-38, to move on to Saturday night's championship game.

Ringgold (18-7) stormed out to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter and carried a 28-16 lead into the locker room before pulling away for good in the third quarter.

A 12-4 run to start the second half boosted Ringgold's advantage to 20 points with 4:53 left in the quarter. The Blue-and-White followed up with a 16-5 spurt that included the remainder of the third quarter and the first two minutes of the fourth as the lead blossomed to 31 points.

The Lady Tigers would actually increase their advantage even more later in the quarter, stretching it out to as many as 35 points with less than two minutes to play as they increased their winning streak to 12 in a row.

Rachel Akers had a team-high 17 points go with six rebounds and four assists. Shelby Cole finished with 12 points and five steals. Riley Nayadley had seven points, four rebounds and three steals. Rachel Lopez had seven points, four steals and three assists, while Sydney Pittman also scored seven points and dished out three assists.

Addi Broome and Maggie Reed finished with five points apiece, followed by Caroline Hemphill with four and Sarah Headrick with two.

Ringgold will face second-seeded Sonoraville for the region title at 6 p.m. Saturday night back at North Murray High School.

With Friday night's win, the Lady Tigers also assured themselves of at least one home game in the Class 3A state tournament, which starts next weekend.

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

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