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Rams fall to Uniontown

| Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007

CARROLL TOWNSHIP -- The four-way stalemate for third place in Class AAA Section 3 got smaller as Ringgold lost to visiting Uniontown, 73-64, Friday.

A physical game from the start, Ringgold got into foul trouble early and couldn't recover.

The second-place Red Raiders (10-5, 8-1) never trailed after jumping out to an 18-9 first quarter lead and stretched it to 36-24 at halftime and 50-37 going into the fourth quarter.

"We knew it was going to be a physical game," said Ringgold coach Mark Gaither. "We just dug ourselves a big hole and couldn't find a way to get out."

Uniontown junior Kevin Sanders helped dig Ringgold's hole with a game-high 25 points.

Uniontown had plenty of chances to put the game away early in the second half, but failed to take advantage of easy scoring opportunities in the paint.

"We made a lot of fundamental mistakes," said Uniontown coach Rob Kezmarsky. "Those are the types of mistakes we wouldn't have made early in the season and need to correct going forward."

For Ringgold, Friday's loss seemed to be a product of careless play between the lines and its inability to capitalize on Uniontown's sloppy second-half.

Nonetheless, Gaither finds positive lessons for the Rams as they make their post season push.

"The one thing about these kids is they never gave up when things weren't going our way early on," he said. "We've got a very strong group of kids and we'll find a way to turn things around."

R.J. Brownlee topped the Rams (6-9, 4-5) with 18 points while sophomore Dave Bassi had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

Dante Woodyear contributed 11 points.

The loss dropped Ringgold from third place to sixth behind Mt. Pleasant and Yough, who are both 5-4, and Laurel Highlands (4-4).

The Rams visit Laurel Highlands Tuesday.

"Every game is a big one for us now," said Gaither. "We just need to keep our confidence level high and we'll be where we need to be."

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