Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Ashley Ridge girls finished the first half of the season strong, handing Stratford a 42-20 loss Friday in their final non-region game.
“Our effort was good tonight, but our consistency wasn’t,” Ashley Ridge coach Chris Shaw said. “Our girls have done a good job at times this season, but we are putting an emphasis on playing a full 32 minutes. Tonight we did a better job, but we still aren’t all the way there. It was good to get a win, but now everything is about playing well in our region.”
Ashley Ridge jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but allowed Stratford to pull within 3 points late in the first period. Chynna Hunt scored 6 of the Lady Swamp Foxes’ 13 points in the opening period.
Ashley Ridge cooled down in the second period, but Ariel Glover made a shot and hit two free throws to help Ashley Ridge to a 21-12 lead at the half.
The Lady Swamp Foxes held the Lady Knights to only 4 points in both the third and fourth periods. Offensively, Ashley Tierney scored 6 of her game-high 11 points in the third and both Shelby Daly and Katie Burnette scored 3 in the fourth.
Shaw is expecting stiff completion in region play this season, but is optimistic about his team’s chances.
“This is when it really counts,” he said. “We are still tweaking things. We have had some injuries and need some depth at the guard position, but I think some girls on the JV who we are looking at bumping up can give us that depth. We are really close and our chemistry is really good. It’s just a matter of playing complete games.”
If the Lady Swamp Foxes can do a better job of running with momentum once they seize it, they could make things interesting in Region 8-AAAA. They opened region play Tuesday after press time with a game at Bluffton. On Friday, they host Fort Dorchester.
Ashley Ridge 42, Stratford 20
Stratford 10 2 4 4-20
Ashley Ridge 13 8 12 9-42
S (20): Skinner 6, White 3, Trowell 3, Baldwin 3, Moore 3, Ackerman 2
AR (42): Ashley Tierney 11, Hunt 8, Glover 6, Burnette 5, Bowers 3, Daly 3, Cousins 2, Richardson 2, Myers 1, Walthour 1.