Dudley Panthers too tough for Tigers to tame

Courtesy of Mike Ellis, Jamestown News, who did a great job of keeping these aricles coming our way during the season….Thanks Mike!

Ragsdale 5 20 9 16 – 50
Dudley 19 22 31 13 – 85

It was all Dudley in the Sectional finals Friday night as they came out and scored the game’s first 13 points and outscored the Ragsdale Tigers 19 – 5 in the first quarter. After the initial onslaught, Ragsdale made a 10 – 0 run early in the second quarter to get within 9 at 27 – 18, and then cut it to 8 at 30 – 22. Dudley then closed out the first half on a 11 – 3 run to go up 41 – 25 at halftime.

The Panthers completed dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 31 – 9.

Reggie Dillard was the star of the show for the Panthers as he scored 33 points with 24 of those points coming on 8 three’s as he hit 8 of 10 from deep and 12 of 15 overall. 23 of his 33 points came in the first half. PJ Hairston did not have a good night shooting the ball with two of his 5 baskets coming on dunks as he went 5 for 12 from two point range and he never could find the mark with his three point shot going 0 for 5. He did end up with 14 points. Jaquel Richmond had 12 and Brennan Wyatt had 10 for the Panthers.

Dudley will now face Ardrey Kell from the Southwestern Conference, a 54 – 43 winner over Reagan. The Western Regional Semi-Final game will be played on Wednesday at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Good luck to the Dudley Panthers as they represent Guilford County in the 4A Tournament.

Ragsdale just could never get started in tonight’s game, falling behind early and then never able to quite get back in it. Senior Kalik Parker closed out his career with 13 points. Tyquan Roberts was also in double figures with 10 and Benaiah Wise had 8. Ragsdale finishes the season at 15 – 14 and played their best basketball at the end of the season. Coach Craig Shoemaker did an outstanding job in finding the right combination of players and getting the team to improve as the season progressed. They ended up as Piedmont Triad regular season champions and made it to the third round of the State Playoffs. Well done,Tigers!!

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  1. Tonight’s game didn’t do the tigers much justice. That team grew and learned together over the season and has so much to be proud of. As a good friend told me, “they shocked the school, the city, and the county just by making it this far” and it’s something that will be remembered for years to come. Congratulations to dudley on a well played game and good luck in the remaining games.

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