Sunday, January 13, 2013
One went down to the final horn. The other was just as entertaining.
In the end, Ashley Ridge won both, sweeping Cane Bay in both the girls and boys basketball games on Friday night at CBHS.
Following a 44-37 victory by the Lady Swamp Foxes, the Ashley Ridge boys survived a resilient effort from the Cane Bay boys in a comeback attempt from double digits. A 72-footer clanked off the iron after the horn expired as the Foxes pulled out a 64-61 victory.
“Coming from football and having about 7 or 8 practices before the Stratford game (on Tuesday), we’re still trying to find out who we are,” Ashley Ridge boys coach Brian Welch said. “We’ve got guys that have never played basketball before and they’re seniors now.”
The Foxes led 36-24 at halftime but Cane Bay’s boys refused to go away quietly, and kept chipping away at the deficit until Louis Rivers drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to pull the Cobras within 61-60 with 11.8 seconds left.
Ashley Ridge still led 64-61 with 5.4 seconds left after Romelo Doctor made the back end of two free throws. Cane Bay, looking for a tie, had to settle for Rivers’ last second hail mary and the Foxes escaped with an entertaining win.
The rally did ease the sting a little for Cane Bay boys coach Calvin Craft, whose team fell to 0-2.
“I love this team,” he said. “They play as hard as you possibly can… This team has the right kind of make up. It’s tough.”
The Cobras’ Jiquan Hammond scored a game-high 21 points, while teammates Christian Lawyer, Raekwon Rivers and Louis Rivers added 11 points apiece.
Doctor had 18 to lead the Foxes (1-1), while D.J. Stevens scored 11 and Fred Weeks 10.
In the girls game, the score was tied 30-30 halfway through the final quarter. Ashley Ridge (2-0) used runs of 7-0 and 7-2 to fight off the Lady Cobras down the stretch.
Olivia Baum led the Lady Foxes with 11 points, followed by Shelby Daly and Ashley Tierney with 10 points apiece.
“The girls really executed down the stretch,” Ashley Ridge coach Chris Shaw said. “This is a rival game. Both of these schools opened up the same year. We knew coming here on a Friday night it would be tough. Our girls played from start to finish. I couldn’t be any more proud of them.”
Cane Bay (1-1) was led by Brookelynn Doctor’s 15 points. Teammates Kabreea Howell and Makayla Dudley had six points each.
“I thought when it came down to a scramble situation, they knew what they were doing more than we did,” Cane Bay coach Ira Owens said. “They read the situations better than we did. I told the girls they played hard. (Ashley Ridge) just played better in the last four minutes we did.”
Ashley Ridge takes on James Island on Wednesday.
Cane Bay was to meet Berkeley on the road on Tuesday (after press time) before traveling to Ashley Ridge for a rematch on Friday.