BEVERLY — A late season surge by the RIdgewood High Generals continued on Friday night, resulting in a Division III Sectional championship with a 56-48 victory over fifth-seeded Fort Frye.
"It was a rebuilding process from the get-go, and it took us a while to get going with mixing our seniors in with our sophomores," RHS coach Jamie McCrea explained. "But the second half of the year we played much better. And even the game we didn’t win we competed really hard against some quality teams."
"I think they really prepared us well for the tournament," McCrea added. "Winning tonight down here was big, this was a great atmosphere and I thought it was a hard fought game...very physical. And we’re happy to come out with a win and advance."
Fort Frye led after the first quarter by a slight 8-6 margin, before the Generals caught fire in the second stanza especially at the charity stripe.
Ridgewood posted a huge 22-14 scoring edge in the quarter, including a perfect 9-for-9 effort from the foul line with senior Chase Griffith leading the Generals with 11 points, including a perfect 3-for-3 at the foul line.
To open the second half, the host Cadets reeled off seven straight points all from senior Tate Engle, whose three-pointer capped the run at the 6:11 mark to give Fort Frye the 29-28 lead.
Fort Frye would outscore RHS by a 14-10 margin to trail by just 38-36 lead entering the final eight minutes of action to decide would advance on to district competition.
"I knew coming in that Fort Frye was a second half team and would come out hard," McCrea stated. "I didn’t tell the kids that, but sure enough here they came. But our kids did a great job of standing in the moment and held onto the lead which was key I thought."
Ridgewood would close out the sectional championship by outscoring the host Cadets, 18-12 in the fourth quarter. The Generals hit on 8-of-13 free throws to maintain control for the sectional crown and improved to 10-14 on the season.
Griffith finished with a game-high 22 points for Ridgewood, while senior Zach Wright chipped in with 10 and sophomore Koelton Smith added nine and sophomore Trey Stoffer contributed eight markers.
Brady Schilling paced Fort Frye (13-10) with 14 points, followed by Engle with 12 while Tyler Bradford and Luke Nelson each tallied seven points for the Cadets.
Ridgewood will now take on Sandy Valley on Tuesday, 7 p.m. in Division III district action at Claymont High School.
Indian Valley 55, Carrollton 43
GNADENHUTTEN — Top seeded Indian Valley will now face the fifth seeded New Philadelphia Quakers in the District semifinals Wednesday at a site to be determined by virtue of a 55-43 win over visiting Carrollton Saturday.
New Philadelphia advanced with a 79-75 win Saturday night.
The Braves jumped in front early with a 15-8 scoring advantage the initial quarter, but the Warrior battled back the second frame to out score the host 13-12 and sent Indian Valley to the locker room riding a 27-19 lead at the break.
Indian Valley (20-3) came out of intermission and increased its lead with a 16-9 scoring edge to take a 41-28 lead to the final eight minutes. Both teams netted 15 points the final stanza to provide the Braves 55-43 victory and propel them into the District Tournament.
The Braves were 18-of-45 from the field for 40 percent, including a 5-of-17 effort from beyond the arc, and added 14-of-21 from the foul line. Connor McGuire paced Indian Valley scorers with 15 points followed by Karson Hartrick with 10 counters. Ryan Berger and Tanner Myers followed with eight and seven points, respectively.
McGuire also handed out seven of the Braves’ 14 assists and picked off three of the seven steals. Myers added four assists and Braden Rostad added a pair of steals. The Braves were guilty of just seven turnovers.
Carrollton was 18-of-50 from the floor for 36 percent and tacked on 5-of-6 from the bonus line. Adam Chaney led three Warriors in double figures with 14 points with Chayse Marmo and Brady Benner adding 11 counters each. Drue Moore had three of the nine assists and Jimmy Birong pilfered two of the three Warrior steals. Carrollton committed 12 miscues.
The Warriors posted a 34-28 rebounding advantage led by Marmo with eight boards, while Jacob Roberts and Benner added six caroms each. Rostad paced the Braves on the glass with 11 rebounds with Myers adding four.
Ridgewood 70, Edison 53
WEST LAFAYETTE —A balanced scoring attack lifted host Ridgewood High to a lopsided 70-53 win over visiting Edison in a Division III sectional semifinal on Tuesday night.
Seniors Chase Griffith scored 22 points, Zach Wright added 15 and sophomore Trey Stoffer added 10 as the Generals advanced down the tournament trail.
The Generals, who improved to 9-14 on the season will play at No. 4 Fort Frye Friday at 7 p.m. in a sectional title game.
The Cadets were a 57-47 winner over No. 10 Buckeye Trail in the other sectional semi-final on Tuesday.
Isaac Schultz scored 14 points and Connor Hyndman added 10 for the Wildcats.
Hiland 67, Newcomerstown 24
BERLIN —Kendall Hochstetler scored 13 points and Kobe Troyer added 12 as Hiland rolled past Inter-Valley Conference foe Newcomerstown in a Division IV Sectional Tournament semifinal at Berlin.
Hochstetler tallied six points in the opening period to get the high-flying Hawks out to a quick 23-7 lead.
Hiland extended its lead to a commanding 45-11 margin at the halftime break following a huge 22-4 scoring advantage in the second quarter.
The second-seeded Hawks improved to 18-5 with the victory and will host No. 11 Shadyside on Friday at 7 p.m. for a sectional crown.
Junior J’Marea Sterns tallied 12 points, with senior Levi Kilpatrick adding six for the Trojans.
Newcomerstown ended its season with a 1-22 record.