Courtesy of Mike Ellis with the Jamestown News at www.womacknewspapers.com….
Northwest Guilford 81
Ragsdale (10-12, 4-6) 20 13 24 16 - 73 NW Guilford (16-6, 7-3) 23 14 14 30 - 81
It was raining threes at Northwest Guilford on Tuesday night as the Vikings hosted the Ragsdale Tigers in a Piedmont Triad Conference matchup. The two combined for ten three pointers in the first quarter and twenty-two for the game with the Vikings accounting for 13 of them. The first quarter went back and forth with nine different ties or lead changes. Included in the quarter were five treys for each team and was highlighted by a four point play from the Vikings Cody Hylton as he was fouled on a successful three. The pace was unbelievable and threes were falling from everywhere as Northwest scored the last five points of the quarter to take a 23 – 20 lead.
Ragsdale took a one point lead halfway through the second quarter on a James Stepp three. Northwest then got nine points from Hylton over the last four minutes of the quarter to go into the half with a four point lead at 37 – 33. Hylton came out in the second half and picked up where he left off, scoring the first four points of the third quarter to give the Vikings their biggest lead of the night at eight before the Tigers began their rally. Erasing the eight point deficit, the Tigers got seven points from Jarrett Holland during the run before a Stepp three tied the game at 46. Ragsdale closed out the quarter on an 11 – 5 run to take a six point lead at the end of three at 57 – 51.
It took the Vikings one minute and thirty six seconds to erase the deficit. When Hylton hit a three and jumper from inside the arc, the game was tied at 59. Six ties or lead changes later, the two teams were tied at 66 – 66 with just over three minutes left. Over the next two minutes Northwest got back to back threes from Colson Everett and Nick Powell while Ragsdale missed a three and had a turnover. When Hylton hit two foul shots with 1:15 left, the Vikings had gone up by eight and had taken command. Down the stretch, Northwest hit 7 of 8 foul shots to wrap up the 81 – 73 win.
Cody Hylton led the Vikings with 34 points including 5 threes and 9 of 9 from the charity stripe. Nick Powell chipped in with 20 and Colson Everett was also in double figures with 11. James Stepp led the Tigers with 20 points and Joseph Bryant and Dylan Willis were also in double figures with 12 and 10 respectively.
Northwest Guilford 58
Ragsdale (7-15, 4-6) 10 4 9 12 - 35 NW Guilford (10-11, 7-3) 12 8 20 18 - 58
Ragsdale led the game at 2 – 0, but quickly fell behind as Northwest went on a 10 – 0 run. The Lady Tigers rallied by scoring eight straight to tie the game at 10, but that was the highlight of the night. Hayley Barber scored with six seconds left in the quarter to give the Lady Vikings the 12 – 10 lead at the end of one. The Lady Tigers would get no closer as Northwest gradually expanded the lead throughout the rest of the game, going up by 6 at the half and by 17 after three. The lead got up to 28 in the final frame before Northwest wrapped up the 58 – 35 victory.
Northwest had three players in double figures led by Brandi Burrell with 13, 11 of them coming in the second half. Toni Tucker had 12 points and Morgan Pointer poured in 11. Kianna Rushdan was the only player in double figures for Ragsdale, scoring 11 in limited time on the court with three treys.