Swamp Foxes improve to 4-1
The scoring was spread around Monday as the Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team earned its second victory of the season over James Island.
The Swamp Foxes improved to 4-1 on the season with a 52-47 victory at home.
“That is a big win for our guys,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “Beating a team twice in a matter of only a one-week span is a tough thing to do. I think the key was the fact that we needed some guys to step up and they did just that.”
Ashley Ridge was down a starter as Romelo Doctor is in Spartanburg this week preparing for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game.
“Our guys are going to be called on this week and they have to answer the bell and Monday night they did just that,” Welch said. “We had four different guys in double figures. Mikey Goodwine stepped up in a big way posting his first double double. Co-captain Fred weeks stepped up huge for us playing virtually the entire game. DJ Stevens played another great game and sophomore Tray Jenkins continues to play better and better each night.”
The first half featured several three-point shots. Weeks hit two in the first period, but James Island also hit one as the teams battled to an 11-all tie.
Late in the second period, Stevens hit his second three-pointer of the night to give Ashley Ridge a 22-17 lead. However, James Island made the next four baskets, including a 3, to take a 24-22 lead. Then Jenkins sank a shot from behind the arc in the final minute for a 25-24 Swamp Fox advantage at the half.
Ashley Ridge came out of the locker room fired up to gain a nine-point lead, but then James Island hit the final 3 of the evening at the buzzer for the third period to take the score to 35-29.
Halfway through the final period Vernon Moree drove inside for a basket that gave Ashley Ridge a 10-point lead. James Island managed to cut that lead in half by the final minute, but the Swamp Foxes sealed the victory with free throws from Goodwine, Jenkins and Weeks.
Stevens and Jenkins both finished with 11 points while Weeks and Goodwine both added 10.
On Dec. 7, Ashley Ridge earned its second victory of the season over Cane Bay. Doctor hadn’t left yet for the all-star game and put up 19 points to lead the Foxes to a 63-50 win. Weeks and Jenkins both added 10 points while Sean White, Donovan Thompson, Moree, Graham and Stevens also scored for the Foxes.
“Our guys are some of the best teammates there are,” Welch said. “That has to continue to be a strength. Whether a guy is getting three minutes or 30 minutes, everybody has to be totally committed and ready to go when their number is called.”
The home stand continues for Ashley Ridge as the Swamp Foxes host Stratford Dec. 14 and Wando Dec. 18.
Ashley Ridge - 52
D. Stevens - 11 T. Jenkins - 11 F. Weeks - 10 M. Goodwine - 10 V. Moree - 7 S. White - 3
James Island - 47
D. Fludd - 18 L. Davis - 8 T. Grant - 7 J. Hamilton - 7 R. Cale - 2 D. Hamilton - 2 I. Smaus – 1