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Lady Rams nipped by Thomas Jefferson

| Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 12:16 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
Ringgold's Bailey Cooper (23) attemps two pointer in the final seconds against Thomas Jefferson's Paige Risley (2) and Haley Kutscher (1) at Thomas Jefferson High School on Friday, January 3, 2014, with the final Thomas Jefferson 33 and Ringgold 31.

The Ringgold girls' basketball team was a hard-luck 33-31 loser to host Thomas Jefferson in a Section 4 AAA game Friday night.

The Lady Rams (6-5, 1-3) scored just two points in the first quarter en route to the defeat.

The Lady Jaguars played a triangle-and-two defense, using three players to cover Ringgold's Eleni Radic and Bailey Cooper with the other two double-teaming 6-6 center Marlena Schmidt.

Cooper ended up with seven points and Schmidt had four. Radic was the lone Ringgold player to hit double figures with 14 points.

“I have to say that I was totally surprised they came out in the triangle-and-two,” said Ringgold coach Laura Grimm. “I never would have expected that, but give them credit because it worked.

“I'm just sick of saying ‘We should have won that game' after every game we play. Really, I'm beside myself.”

TJ (7-4, 2-1) got a game-high 15 points from Alexis Yanief.

The Lady Jaguars led by nine points midway through the fourth quarter before Radic hit three 3-pointers to pull Ringgold within two points, but the Lady Rams could not get even down the stretch.

Ringgold, which has lost four of its last six after a 4-1 start, hosts Brownsville Monday.

Charleroi 53, Frazier 19

In a non-section game, the Lady Cougars (9-3) had no problem putting away the Lady Commodores (6-3).

Charleroi jumped to a 15-0 lead after one quarter and led 32-4 at halftime as Mia Woytovich had 15 of her game-high 21 points.

Woytovich also had 12 rebounds for Charleroi.

Lynsey Wright scored 15 points for Charleroi and Anjie Tilghman had six assists.

The Lady Cougars shot 80 percent from the foul line, making 12 of 15 shots.

“That was one thing I was happy about,” said Charleroi coach Joe Grodz. “We've been preaching to shoot at least 70-75 percent from the foul line. In a big game, that will help us.”

Frazier was led by Cassidy Guiser with seven points, all in the fourth quarter.

BoysThomas Jefferson 74, Ringgold 42

The Rams (1-7, 0-3) kept losing in Section 4 AAA as TJ (8-2, 2-1) seized control of the game from the start, rolling to a 27-7 first quarter lead.

Dayshore Majors had 14 points and George Martin 10 for Ringgold while TJ got 16 points each from Eric Fairman and Charlie Scharbo.

California 62, Bentworth 52

The Trojans (4-5, 2-2) raced to a 15-2 lead after one quarter and were never threatened by the Bearcats (1-8, 1-3) in Section 5 AA.

Demetri Clements had 13 points and Trey Matthews 12 for California.

Bentworth was led by Angelo Rios-Lopez's game-high 19 points while Jake Crockett had 12 and Damon Petrula-Bakos 10.

“We just didn't play very well consistently,” said California coach Bruno Pappasergi. “At times we played well and other times we were sloppy. We're still feeling each other out and we have to get on the same page. Hopefully we will soon.

“I know one thing: I can never question the effort by these kids. We just have to figure things out.”

“The first quarter killed us, just killed us,” said Bentworth coach Bob Kennedy. “It's a young group and we are showing progress.”

Frazier 67, Jeff-Morgan 63

The Commodores (5-4, 3-1) got 24 points from Roger Cline and 17 points and 10 rebounds from Charles Manack in the Section 5 AA contest.

Frazier's Caleb Cox also had 17 points.

J-M (4-7, 1-3) got 22 points from Rece Henneman.

Frazier trailed 30-27 at halftime, but outscored the visitors 23-15 in the third quarter.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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