Senior Larry Tate hit a buzzer-beating shot to lift Ridgway Christian past Southwest Christian Academy 53-51 Monday on Senior Night.
With 5 seconds left in the game, Ridgway head coach Trent Young called a timeout.
“I drew up a play and it worked to perfection,” Young said. “That was a great high school ballgame. Southwest has a good team.
“There were several good teams in the state this year. I’m so proud of our kids.”
After an inbounds pass from underneath the basket, Tate drove the lane and put up a floater that bounced around a little bit before falling in right as the buzzer sounded.
“Larry, thank goodness, he is a ball player,” Young said. “He had a little bit more help in the second half and we were a little bit better offensively.”
Ridgway improved to 17-6 overall and 10-2 in Arkansas Association of Christian Schools South Region and will be the two seed in the regional tournament. The Eagles will play El Dorado Westside on Friday.
Tate led the Eagles with 13 points.
The Eagles trailed SCA by eight points with just over 3:14 left in the fourth quarter. Ezra Tole got the rally started by knocking a down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 49-43.
With an assist from Tate, Dewayne Goldmon followed with a bucket to get the Eagles within four points.
After a bucket by SCA’s Jeremy Johnson to go up by six, Ridgway’s Cody Andersen grabbed an offensive rebound and put-back to cut it back to four points.
With less than 1 minute left in the game, Goldmon scored again inside and then forced a turnover and was fouled to go to the line.
His two free throws tied the game at 51 with 45 seconds left.
An offensive foul on SCA’s Kevin Rudd gave the Eagles the ball back with 30 seconds left.
Young called a timeout to try to set up the play.
After nearly 25 seconds ticked off the clock, Young feared they weren’t going to be able to get a shot off in time. So he called a timeout.
Unfortunately at the same time he called a timeout, Ridgway had gotten inside and scored to give Ridgway the apparent win. But the basket was waved off.
“There wasn’t anything happening,” Young said. “That’s why I called a timeout. About the time I did, they kicked it inside, the way I wanted it, and we scored.”
Luckily it did not matter, as Tate was able to score on the inbounds play.
“I’m proud of our seniors and I’m hoping we can build off this,” Young said. “We got CMA after the regional tournament as a final, then Lord willing we will go to the state tournament.
“I’m just proud of them. They put everything on the line, especially in the second half.”
Goldmon and Logan Talley finished the game with seven points for the Eagles. For SCA, Rudd finished with 12 points while Taylor Burkalter finished with 10.
Southwest Christian 53, Ridgway Christian 16
The Ridgway Christian girls basketball team failed to score in the first and fourth quarters as they were completely dominated by Southwest Christian Academy Monday night at home.
After trailing 22-0 by the end of the first quarter, Ridgway finally got on the board in the second quarter. They trailed 35-8 at halftime.
Madison Heflin led Ridgway with 10 points and Julia Taylor contributed with four.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Watson Chapel 39, Arkansas Baptist 11
At Watson Chapel, the Lady Wildcats (13-5, 8-2 in River City Conference) began to pull away in the second quarter for a decisive victory.
Arkansas Baptist never scored more than four points in a quarter. Watson Chapel was ahead 8-4 after one quarter and 20-6 at halftime.
Peyton Martin had 16 points and Ladajah Scott added 10 for the Lady Wildcats.