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Ringgold surprises Lady Scots

| Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007

CARROLL TOWNSHIP -- Ringgold High's girls faced one of the WPIAL's hotter teams and players in Southmoreland and its 5-6 senior Vanessa Abel Tuesday.

Abel had another big night with 34 points but it wasn't enough as the Lady Rams (7-4, 4-2) knocked the Lady Scots (10-2, 5-1) out of first place in Class AAA Section 3 with a convincing 58-41 victory.

By snapping Southmoreland's seven-game winning streak, Ringgold remained tied for third place with Mt. Pleasant and Derry Area, where the Lady Rams play Thursday.

It was freshman Alina Selby and sophomore Emily Schartner. who sparked Ringgold's biggest league win of the season.

Selby scored a career-high 26 points, including 11 in the second quarter when Ringgold stretched a 13-7 lead to 31-19 at halftime.

Schartner added 14 points, but it was her play on defense that impressed Ringgold coach Joe Ravasio.

"Emily did a good job on No. 33 (Anna Coffman)," said Ravasio. "We knew Abel would score her 25 points and felt we had to shut No. 33 down."

Coffman was limited to two points with a fourth-quarter basket.

Abel, who accounted for all but one of Southmoreland's first half points, gave the Lady Scots a quick 2-0 lead before the Lady Rams went ahead to stay with the next 10 points on two baskets by Schartner, one each by Lisa Sanko and Bethany Warren and a pair of free throws by Selby.

Although Abel carried Southmoreland in the middle two periods, Ravasio praised Sanko -- Ringgold's lone senior starter -- who had to guard the standout guard.

"Abel is very good and so quick," he said. "Lisa made her work for her points and a lot came in transition."

"Our girls really rebounded well and I like the tempo we had," added Ravasio.

Besides starring offensively, the 5-10 Selby led the Lady Rams on the boards with 16 rebounds.

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