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Uniontown routs leaderless Rams

| Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

Ringgold Coach Pete Logan is still waiting.

The Rams are nine games into the 2012-2013 season and the coach is waiting for someone on his team to step into a leadership role.

“We're giving everyone an opportunity,” Logan said. “No one wants to step up.”

The other thing Logan is still waiting for is his team's second win of the season as they were blown out of their home gym by visiting Uniontown, 76-39, Wednesday.

“We didn't play hard at all,” Logan said of his team. “We weren't prepared to play.”

The Rams committed 29 turnovers which led to numerous breakaway opportunities for the Red Raiders (8-1).

“When you turn it over as much as we have been and when you don't shoot the ball well, this is what happens,” Logan said. “We can't miss as many easy shots and layups as we have been.

“I think that if we would have come out here tonight with the same amount of effort as we did when we played Brashear last weekend we would have at least been more competitive.”

Senior Demetrius Louis came flying out of the gate and scored the first basket of the game. That 2-0 margin was the only lead the Rams held all night.

Uniontown took off on an 11-0 run fueled by five Ringgold turnovers in the first five minutes and never looked back.

Red Raiders' junior guard Jordan Pratt, scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter and finished with 17 in the first half as the Red Raiders raced to a 39-24 halftime lead.

The Rams (1-8) only managed 15 points from there.

Louis led the way for Ringgold with a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds. He scored 13 in the first half. Ringgold played the game without leading scorer John Maldonado, who is out with a concussion.

“I really don't have a problem with how Demetrius is playing,” Logan said of the senior. “He's picked up some of the scoring for us and plays really hard.”

Logan hopes to have Maldonado back Friday for the Rams' Section 4 AAA game at home against Thomas Jefferson.

“If he passes his tests tomorrow, I'd expect him to return Friday,” Logan said. “We have a big game against TJ. Hopefully, we come out with a little more heart than we did here tonight.

“All we can do is come in here tomorrow and see what happens. Hopefully, we'll have a good practice and come out with a little more heart Friday than we did tonight.”

Birdie Dreher-Winfrey (12) and Xavier Ellis (11) combined for 23 points for Uniontown. Teammate Jeremy Perkins added 10 points. Brandon Gilliam added seven points for the Rams.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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