Ridge View heads to Rock Hill on Friday for the start of the 4-4A second half basketball seasons. Both the Blazers boys and girls teams went through the first round of the conference campaign with 3-2 records.
John Combs’ RV boys (5-13 overall) closed out the first half with wins over Lancaster and Blythewood, and hope to make a run at front running South Pointe down the stretch. The Blazers rebounded smartly from a misleading 83-57 loss to South Pointe on Jan. 23. Ridge View was even with the Stallions through three quarter before collapsing in the fourth quarter when the Stallions went on a 31-5 roll. Blazers junior center sat out with an illness.
“We were playing pretty good basketball, but we were terrible in every facet of the game in the fourth quarter,” said Combs.
Green return and contributed 13 points and an eye-opening 13 blocks in a wild 99-87 win over Lancaster on Jan 24. Ridge View turned in its finest defensive effort on Tuesday in a 57-39 win over archrival Blythewood with assistant Brian Rosefield running the show because of a death in the Combs family.
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“We played very unselfishly in the offensive end (against Blythewood) and were as good as we’ve been on defense all year in the first half,” said Rosefield.
RV limited the Bengals to 13 points in the opening 16 minutes. Green controlled the paint and Louis Hargrove had a fine defensive performance. Jarvis Davis broke out of a slump in the second half against Lancaster, scoring 17 of his 21 points. Jamar Gillispie tallied 10 of his 20 vs. the Bruins in the second quarter. All 13 Blazers that dressed contributed points in the highest-scoring RV game in at least the past five seasons.
The Ridge View girls (11-4) also bounced back for a loss at South Pointe with two wins. Destiny White erupted for 32 points in a 78-28 romp over Lancaster, and contributed 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists in a 47-46 win over Blythewood. Nicole Jones had a career-high 21 points against the Bengals.
White is averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals. Shaniqua Whitley is next on the scoring list at 7.6 ppg, and Maya Adams is averaging 6.5 points and 7.9 rebounds.
Elsewhere, Blythewood travels to Spring Valley on Friday. The Vikings pulled off a swept in the region opener on Jan. 9 – the boys winning 48-44, the girls prevailing 66-50.
The SV girls, ranked No. 2 in 4A behind Dorman, stands at 17-1 in region play at 5-0 in the region and are shooting for their 17th straight win on Friday.
Freshman Asia Dozier is averaging 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.9 steals a game for the rolling Vikings. Frosh Xylina McDaniel is averaging 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.4 steals. Briana Robinson is averaging 8.8 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals per outing.
Region 4-4A boys standings
South Pointe 4-1; Ridge View 3-2; Spring Valley 3-2 (ineligible for state playoffs or region championship); Blythewood 2-3; Lancaster 2-3; Rock Hill 1-4.
Region 4-4A girls standings
Spring Valley 5-0; South Pointe 4-1; Ridge View 3-2; Blythewood 2-3; Lancaster 1-4; Rock Hill 0-5.