UHRICHSVILLE -- Ridgewood High wilted under some heavy defensive pressure applied by the St. Clairsville Red Devils in dropping a 71-45 decision in opening round action at the Division III Sectional Tournament at Claymont High School.
The Generals were guilty of 24 turnovers in the tournament setback, a a constant problem for RHS all year.
"We just didn't handle their press well," Ridgewood first-year coach Jamie McCrea explained. "We have had problems all year with handling physical teams that like to apply pressure.
"We just can't turn the ball over that much and expect to win," McCrea continued. "We did a better job in the second and third quarters, but we just dug ourselves to deep a hole to get out of tonight."
St. Clairsville scored the game's first 10 points before the Generals finally got on the board with a long three-pointer from freshman Braeden Smith at the 3:44 mark of the first quarter.
The Red Devils, led by sophomore guard Daniel Trouten, jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the opening quarter. Trouten pumped in seven points in the frame while Brendan Ferns chipped in with five as St. Clairsville took control early.
Trouten continued to have hot hand into the second period, adding five more points to finish the first half with 12 markers. Senior Dylan Panepucci also tallied five points for the Red Devils with a solid effort off the bench.
St. Clairsville held a 36-18 halftime lead after a 16-11 scoring edge in the second quarter.
In the second half, the Red Devils enjoyed a 35-27 advantage to hold on for the win and improve to 11-11 on the year.
Trouten finished with a game-high 20 points to lead St. Clairsville, while freshman Michael Scarnecchia added 17 while Ferns just missed double figures with eight markers.
Ridgwood was led by senior Seth Bergeron with 10 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the charity stripe. Smith just missed double figures with nine points on a trio of three-point makes while sophomore Austin Lowery, senior Ryan Lowe and freshman Keith Leindecker each finished with six points.
Ridgewood finishes a disappointing season with a 4-19 mark, but loses just three seniors as the Generals fielded a very young squad this season.
"I thought our three seniors -- Ryan (Lowe), Seth (Bergeron) and Tyler (Milligan) -- all played well in their final game," McCrea said. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a lot of talented young players back and this experience will help us going forward."