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Ringgold again rallies to win

| Friday, Jan. 3, 2003

CARROLL TWP. - The Ringgold girls' basketball team has made a habit of playing poorly in the first half of games this season before roaring back to earn convincing victories.

A new calendar year did not change that trend Thursday as the Lady Rams struggled mightily in the first half against Class AAAA Sec. 2 rival Canon- McMillan before dominating the final 16 minutes in a 47-33 victory.

"These bad starts have got to end," Ringgold coach Skip Koskoski said. "I told the girls that it's going to catch up with us. We need to come out playing better than we did."

Canon-McMillan (2-8, 0-5) kept the game close in the first half by capturing numerous offensive rebounds.

"We like to run with the ball, and start a lot of fast breaks," Koskoski said. "But when you can't rebound, you can't get fast breaks."

Ringgold (10-2, 4-1) trailed 16-14 with two seconds remaining in the first half when Michelle Dipaola found a loose ball and hit a jumper to end the half tied.

The Lady Rams looked like a different team in the second half, going on a 13-2 run. Brittany Warren and Stephanie Kuhn were the players most responsible for Ringgold's resurgence.

Warren, the Lady Rams' leading scorer, finished with a game-high 26 points including 18 in the second half. She also had eight rebounds and four steals.

But it was Kuhn's defense that turned the game in Ringgold's favor. The senior guard intercepted six passes in the second half, all of which led to Lady Rams' scores.

"Steph is just such of a great athlete," Koskoski said. "You can tell by the way she anticipates passes what an athlete she is."

Ringgold is most effective when Warren is attacking the basket, and it was Kuhn's defense that enabled her to dominate the second half.

With 4:25 remaining, Warren hit a pair of free throws that gave Ringgold a comfortable 43-22 lead.

"I'm happy with the effort we gave tonight," Koskoski said. "We just need to play better in the first half."

The Lady Rams will have no margin for error next week, when they travel to Albert Gallatin (9-2, 4-0) Monday and host Peters Township (7-5, 3-2) Thursday.

"That game (at Albert Gallatin) is our biggest of the year and the Peters Township game is big too," Koskoski said.

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