Ridge View turned in a sweep of Rock Hill on Friday night in the first round of the Region 4-4A basketball season. The Blazers boys pulled away from the Bearcats in the second half on the way to a 65-44 win, while the RV girls prevailed 63-49 in twinbill opener.
Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo and assistant John Cooper were on hand to watch Ridge View’s Mike Green, who responded with quite a show. Green scored a career-high 20 points, 12 of them dunks off lob passes.
Jamar Gillispie tallied 16 points and Jarvis Davis added 14 to the RV cause.
“It was great for our team to get the win and get started off in the region at 1-0,” said Blazers coach John Combs, whose team improved to 3-10 overall.
“This was by far and away our most complete and unselfish game we have played all year. Our guards did a great job of penetrating against Rock Hill’s zone defense and dishing it off to our post guys for some easy baskets. I have to give a lot of credit to our coaching staff, particular Daryl Heath, for convincing me to switch defenses at halftime and that was a huge factor in our win.”
Ridge View helped a slim 42-39 lead at the break, but the defensive change resulted in the Blazers limiting the Bearcats to just 15 points in the second half.
The Blazers, girls improved to 8-2 overall, as senior point guard Shaniqua Whitley scored a season-high 16 points and junior post player Maya Adams tallied 11. Seniors Akaycia Fulmore and Brejahe chipped in eight and seven points, respectively.
Ridge View returns to action this afternoon at home for a rematch with Class 1A powerhouse Calhoun County. The Saints presented long-time coach Zam Frederick with his 500th career win on Friday night in a 110-58 rout of Denmark-Olar. CC topped the Blazers 90-78 on Dec. 12. The Blazers girls produced scored a 66-46 win in the first meeting.
The girls game starts at 2 p.m. with the boys to follow at 3:30.