STRASBURG -- Ridgewood opened their season in fine fashion as they knocked off Strasburg 51-49 in an Inter-Valley Conference thriller on Wednesday.

Courtney Babcock was the hero of the game as she nailed a pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds left for the winning margin.

The Tiger's Santana Bonifant could have sent the game into overtime but came up short on a 12-footer before the clock ran out.

Ridgewood head coach Doug Patterson said, "The whole team just stepped it up and played very well. We were down 12 in the third, then came back up and led by one point two different times."

Four General players finished the game with 10 points apiece, including Babcock, Mindy McDorman, Kayla Tedrick and Ashley Patterson. Jordan Vaiea was right behind with nine.

Bonifant was tops for Strasburg with a game and career high 19 points.

The Tigers led 28-22 at halftime but the Generals (1-0, 1-0 IVC) pulled even at 39 to start the fourth quarter by outscoring their hosts 17-11 in the third frame. The game seesawed back and forth until the exciting finish.

McDorman led the Generals in rebounds with seven, as her team had an overall rebounding edge of 17-16. Carly Clark snagged six for the Tigers (0-2, 0-1 IVC).

Ridgewood was 16 of 36 (44%) from the floor, which included an on-fire rate of 6 of 11 from three-point land. Turnovers were about even with the Generals committing 20 and the Tigers 19.

Strasburg won the reserve game, 24-22. Tedrick and Ali Lusk had six points each for Ridgewood (0-1, 0-1 IVC).

Ridgewood 51

McDorman 3-4-10, Babcock 2-4-10, Vaiea 3-1-9, Tedrick 4-2-10, Nagle 1-0-2, Patterson 4-0-10. Totals: 15-11-51.

Strasburg 49

Bonifant 8-3-19, Erin Meese 4-0-9, Froman 2-3-7, Hayden 2-0-5, Emily Meese 3-0-6, Clark 1-1-3.

Ridgewood 14 8 17 12 - 51

Strasburg 12 16 11 10 - 49

3-point goals: R - Babcock, Vaiea, Patterson 2. S - Em. Meese, Hayden 1.

Lady Trojans fall to TCC

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- A big second quarter by host Tuscarawas Central Catholic proved too much for Newcomerstown to overcome as they dropped a 46-37 decision in the Inter-Valley Conference opener for both teams Wednesday.

The teams played nearly even the opening frame, with the Saints posting a narrow 11-10 edge as Stephany Felton kept the Trojans close with six points.

Central Catholic (2-0, 1-0 IVC) then capitalized on balanced scoring to erupt for 17 points in the second round, while limiting the Trojans to just five to take a 28-15 lead to the locker room at the half.

The hosts outscored Newcomerstown 9-8 in the third stanza to up the difference to 14 going into the final eight minutes.

The Trojans (0-2, 0-1 IVC) got three-pointers from Amber Gibson and Stephany Felton in the fourth frame and outscored the hosts 14-9, but came up on the short end of the 46-37 final.

Stephany Felton led the Newcomerstown offensive effort with 15 points, while Allison Snyder added seven, Chelsea Fenton six and Gibson five points. Felton also paced the Trojans on the boards with nine of the team's 20 rebounds. Newcomerstown was guilty of 20 turnovers.

TCC had two players score in double digits, led by Millie Patchan with 14 and Hannah Patchan with 11. Mary Lawless added nine tallies and nine rebounds.

The Trojans made 16 field goals and were 3 of 4 (75%) from the free throw line. The Saints were 20 of 52 (38%) from the field and 5 of 13 (38%) at the stripe.

The Saints won the reserve game, 31-19.

Central Catholic 46

H. Patchan 5-0-11, Lawless 4-1-9, M. Patchan 6-2-14, Burnham 1-1-3, Russell 2-1-5, Abbas 2-0-4.

Newcomerstown 37

Gibson 2-0-5, S. Fenton 7-0-15, Roberts 1-0-2, C. Fenton 2-2-6, Felton 1-0-2, Snyder 3-1-7.

Newcomerstown 10 5 8 14 - 37

Central Catholic 11 18 8 8 - 46

3-point goals: CC - H. Patchan 1. N - Gibson, Felton 1.

Lady Trojans fall to Garaway

Newcomerstown led after the first quarter of play but eventually fell to Garaway on Saturday, 40-28, in an Inter-Valley contest.

The Trojans (0-3, 0-2 IVC) were up 10-5 as the second quarter began. The Pirates then turned on the after-jets and took the second frame by a 15-2 count for a 20-12 halftime lead.

Newcomerstown kept the game close though, eventually only surrendering an additional four point lead difference for the rest of the game.

Chelsea Fenton scored 10 points and also hauled in five rebounds to lead the Trojans. Stephany Felton came through with seven points while Amber Gibson pitched in with five. Erica Roberts and Allison Snyder contributed three tallies apiece.

Kenzie Kauffman paced the Pirates (2-0, 2-0 IVC) with 17 points. Kristen Troyer contributed 13 while Sarah Bardall scored five.

Newcomerstown was 10-of-25 (40%) from the floor. They snagged 16 rebounds and committed 16 turnovers.

The Pirates won the reserve game, 54-23.

Newcomerstown next hosts Strasburg on Wednesday and travels to Conotton Valley on Saturday. Reserve games start at 6 p.m. for each contest.

Garaway 40

Kettlewell 1-0-2, Troyer 3-5-13, Seilhamer 1-0-2, Slemmer 0-1-1, Bardall 2-1-5, Kaufman 5-7-17. Totals: 12-14-40.

Newcomerstown 28

Gibson 2-0-5, S. Felton 3-1-7, Roberts 1-1-3, Fenton 3-4-10, Snyder 1-1-3. Totals: 10-7-28.

Garaway 5 15 13 7 - 40

Newcomerstown 10 2 12 4 - 28

3-point goals: N - Gibson 1. G - Troyer 2.

Hiland beats Ridgewood

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Hiland showed it was still the team to beat in the IVC as they took it to Ridgewood on Thursday, 58-31.

The Hawks took a 19-10 first quarter lead and turned it into a runaway with a 15-3 advantage in the second period. The Generals committed 12 turnovers during that run and were behind 34-13 at halftime.

Ridgewood turned up the defensive effort in the second half, holding Hiland to 24 points while scoring 18 themselves. The teams played to an 8-8 tie in the third quarter alone.

General head coach Doug Patterson said, "If we could have played a first half like we did in the second half things would have been much closer. We played okay but we missed some shots and defensively we allowed too many offensive rebounds."

Maggie Nagel led Ridgewood (1-1, 1-1 IVC) with eight points while Mindy McDorman contributed six markers. Ashley Patterson led the orange and black in rebounds with seven.

Karlie Mast and Hilary Weaver scored 16 points apiece to pace Hiland (2-0, 2-0 IVC). Weaver had three 3-pointers while Mast had two. Teammate Katelyn Stuckey grabbed nine rebounds.

Patterson added, "I'm happy with where we are at after two games. This is the most athletic team we have had since I've been here. They do a great job of pressing and getting out in transition."

The Hawks won the reserve game, 42-29. Kayla Tedrick scored 10 points for Ridgewood while Alaynee Wright added seven.

Hiland 58

Hall 1-0-2, K. Mast 7-0-16, M. Mast 1-0-3, Miller 0-1-1, Schrock 1-4-6, Stuckey 2-3-7, Stutzman 1-0-2, H. Weaver 5-3-16, Yoder 2-0-5. Totals: 20-12-58.

Ridgewood 31

Babcock 1-3-5, Emig 0-2-2, McDorman 2-2-6, Moyer 2-0-4, Nagle 4-0-8, Patterson 2-0-4, Tedrick 0-0-0, Vaiea 1-0-2. Totals: 12-7-31.

Hiland 19 15 8 16 - 58

Ridgewood 10 3 8 10 - 31

3-point goals: H - H. Weaver 3; K. Mast 2; Yoder 1.

Lady Braves fall to Cuyahoga Valley

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Indian Valley fell to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on Thursday, 58-35, in their first game as a Principals Athletic Conference member.

The Royals built up a 33-14 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way for the victory.

Melissa Knepper paced CVCA with 16 points.

Stacy Bond led the Braves with nine points and nine rebounds.

Indian Valley (1-1, 0-1 PAC) made 9 of 38 (23%) from the field and 17 of 26 (65%) from the floor.

CVCA 58

Defer 0-2-2, Moore 4-6-14, Hopkins 3-0-6, Massa 1-0-2, Pettigrew 4-2-10, Miller 0-2-2, Risesenhoover 1-0-2, Knepper 7-1-16, Presley 2-0-4. Totals: 22-13-58.

Indian Valley 35

K. Bond 1-0-2, S. Bond 3-3-9, Winkler 0-2-2, Malterer 2-1-5, Henderson 0-3-3, Ridgeway 1-4-6, Hursey 2-0-4, McMillen 0-4-4. Totals: 9-17-35.

CVCA 16 17 15 10 - 58

Indian Valley 8 6 11 10 - 35

3-point goals: C - Knepper 1.