High School Sports

Ridge View visits Spring Valley in early 4-4A showdown

Ridge View travels to Spring Valley on Friday for an interesting Region 4-4A basketball doubleheader.

All four teams opened the region campaign with wins last Friday night.

The SV boys (5-3, 1-0) got 19 points from Ronald Zimmerman and 10 from Ryan Jenkins in a 48-44 win over Blythewood, while the Ridge View boys (3-11, 1-0) rolled by Rock Hill 65-44 as junior Mike Green rang up a career-high 20 points.

The Ridge View girls (9-2, 1-0) thumped Rock Hill 63-49 as Destiny White had 16 points and five assists and Maya Adam posted a double-double - 13 points, 12 rebounds. Spring Valley (12-1, 1-0) toppled Blythewood 66-50 for its 11th win in a row.

Ridge View also saw action on Saturday.

The Blazers girls breezed by visiting Calhoun County 51-38 as White starred again with 11 points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds.

“We know it’s a big game because we want a chance to win the region,” said Blazers girls coach Terrence Gibson.

Ridge View hopes all-purpose guard White continues her hot streak.

“She has really been playing well lately and I believe she will only play better because she is surrounded by so many talented young ladies” said Gibson.

White is leading the team in scoring (10.3), assists (3.9) and steals (2.8), but she is far from the only weapon on the team. Sherell Cooper is shooting 53% from the 3-point line and six players averaging at least five points a game - ShaNiqua Whitley (8.7), Sherell Cooper (7.5), Nicole Jones (5.8), Akaycia Fulmore and BreJahe Martin (5.0). Adams is averaging 7.0 points per game and 7.5 rebounds.

“As a team we believe in and have total trust in each other,” said Gibson. “Our goal is to outwork the other team. In order for us to accomplish team and personal goals, we must work together. Right know our goal is set on winning the region and having a home playoff game.”

The RV boys dropped its second game this season against the mighty Saints from St. Matthews, 92-84. Calhoun County handed coach Zam Frederick his 500th career win the night before against Denmark-Olar. Frederick has an amazing 501-55 mark since taking over the program at his alma mater 20 years ago.

The Saints, who have won the last three Class 1A state championships, had a 14-point leader entering the fourth quarter. The Blazers made a run in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough.

Jarvis Davis erupted for a career-high 36 points, and Jamar Gillispie had a career-high 20 points to headline the RV performance. Green added 10 to the cause.

“Jarvis had a special game against one of the best teams in the state, and Jamar, without question, played his best game of the year,” said Ridge View coach John Combs.

“I’m disappointed that we did not play better, but at the same time I loved the effort and togetherness our team showed during the tough times of the game. Our overall record is not good and we have simply under achieved some so far this year. One huge positive I take away is that there is we are a much better and together team right now after playing such a difficult schedule. We have a long ways to go before I feel like we can reach our potential as a basketball team, but we are making progress.”