A late surge by Columbia Christian outmatched an early fourth quarter run as Ridgway Christian suffered a 48-33 loss Tuesday night at home.
The Crusaders used a fast pace tempo in the first quarter to dominate the Eagles. Muscling their way in the paint, the Crusaders only attempted a shot from the arc once in the first quarter. Most of the Crusader’s points were a result of the Eagles’ turnovers.
The Eagles opened the second quarter with back-to-back three-pointers and a steal and score from Jacob Dedman. Both teams were scoreless until the 1:12 mark when Dedman nailed a three-pointer. Ridgway Christian’s defense kept Columbia Christian out of the paint but could not make second chance shots from their offensive rebounds.
“We were not playing in the first half offensively or defensively. We had too many loose balls and too many people open,” Ridgway Christian head coach Terry Young said. “We just weren’t aggressive at all.”
After trailing 27-15 at the half, both teams seemed to level off defensively but struggled offensively. The Eagles missed two free throws in the third quarter while the Crusaders missed three. As a team, Ridgway’s third quarter defense accounted for four blocks and three steals.
To open up the fourth quarter, Micah Cottrell scored a three-pointer and the Crusaders answered back with one of their own.
“I switched to a 13 defense and the kept running the same match ups so that helped us out a lot,” Young said.
After Ezra Tole found his way in the post twice, the Eagles found themselves down by 13 with 3:22 left to go. Logan Talley then provided a jumper just inside the arc and a three-pointer in the same area would cut the deficit to 41-33 in favor of the Crusaders.
However, the Eagles late push for a comeback was put to rest as Columbia Christian drew fouls and nailed their final free throws. “It was so much better in the second half. They played better. They played hard and they scraped,” Young said of his team’s performance.
Cottrell finished the game with nine points while Dedman chipped in eight.
Columbia Christian 39,
Ridgway Christian 23
Columbia Christian proved to be too much as they cruised past Ridgway Christian 39-23.
Ridgway Christian over came first half mistakes and missed shots to take a 10-4 lead over the Lady Crusaders.
The game was tied 15-15 midway through the third quarter and after a couple of free throws the Lady Eagles took over with a 19-15 lead. Soon thereafter, four lead changes followed with both teams playing each other tough and driving to the paint.
Throughout the fourth quarter the Lady Eagles got Columbia Christian to turn over the ball but the offense could not get their shots to fall and did not score at all in the final quarter.
Madison Heflin and Paige Topping finished the game with 8 points a piece.
Columbia Christian 28
Ridgway Christian 7
Ridgway Christian Junior High was defeated 28-7 as Columbia Christian dominated 28-7.
The girls team was locked down for much of the game and did not score in the fourth quarter. Allison Carpenter scored the only three-pointer for the team and she finished with five points.
Columbia Christian 51,
Ridgway Christian 36
The junior high boys team for Ridgway Christian took a 51-36 loss from Columbia Christian after only being down by eight at the half.
The Eagles defense controlled the paint much of the game as they outrebounded Columbia and getting blocks at the post.
However, Columbia Christian scored six three-pointers to lift them past the Eagles. For Ridgway Christian, James Scott finished with 11 points and Jacob Lewis scored eight points and counted for two blocks.