It didn't look like it during the opening minutes of Tuesday night's girls game between South Pointe and Ridge View, but they both had something on the line.
For South Pointe, a win would've solidified second place in Region 4-4A with one game remaining in the regular season. For the home team, it meant a chance of at least a tie for second.
After a turnover-filled first quarter, Ridge View settled down for a 50-30 victory.
South Pointe defeated Ridge View 37-32 last month.
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"The difference between that game and tonight was then we shot 34 free throws and we shot 6," Ridge View coach Terrence Gibson said.
Spring Valley won the region title last week. Ridge View improved to 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the region. South Pointe is 12-7, 6-3.
Ridge View didn't have a player score in double figures. Destiny White led the Blazers with eight points,
"It was senior night so we had a mix group out there," Gibson said. "We started off slow, but finally got into a rhythm. Destiny usually averages 17 points a game in region play. Tonight she had chances to score, but missed shots she'd normally make.
The Blazers got its first double-digit lead early in the second half, thanks to a 3-pointer by Akaycia Fulmer. That gave Ridge View a 32-31 lead.
The problem with Ridge View in the first half was making easy layups and open shots. The Blazers got steals near mid-court but could not convert.
Ridge View led most of the first quarter though, but a minute into the second South Pointe had pulled ahead. Alisha Hope buried a 3-pointer to give the visiting Stallions a 16-15 lead. But it was short-lived.
Ridge View led 23-18 at halftime.
SP: Timisty Nelson 10, Hope 9, Adams 6, Wright 2, J.Wright 1, Singleton 2. RV: Jones 6, Martin 2, Cooper 4, White 8, Adams 7, Hollin 5, Fulmore 3, Jones 6, Butler 4, Medlin 1.