The Ragsdale Lady Tigers defeated the Grimsley Whirlies by a score of 38-29 in their first game in two weeks on Friday night. The two teams battled for a win in the conference with Ragsdale finally pulling through.
The Tigers struggled offensively and were plagued by defensive errors as they battled the Whirlies who were playing in their third game of the week.
Ragsdale’s Nyah Stallings scored a game-high 19 points, with 13 coming in the first half. Maraih Frazier also scored 9 for the Tigers.
Grimsley’s Isabel Cox scored 9 points to pace the Whirlies and Rebecca Little scored 7.
Lady Tigers head coach Ben Bradford believes that two weeks off and little practice time were to blame for a slow start.
“We are a better team than we showed tonight, although you’re only as good as you play,” Bradford said. “We have a talented group of girls, they just have to show up and perform if we are going to continue to be successful.”
The Tigers improve to 16-3 overall and 2-1 in the Metro-4A conference with the win. Grimsley’s record drops to 6-11 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
GRI: 4 12 19 29
RAG: 5 17 28 38
The Grimsley Whirlies beat the Ragsdale Tigers by a final score of 69-63 in Metro 4A conference action at Ragsdale High School on Friday night. Grimsley’s Devan Rasper’s 23 points and the team’s ability to throw Ragsdale off their game were key in the victory.
Although the Whirlies led by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Tigers made adjustments at halftime to battle back and retake the lead at the end of the third quarter.
Grimsley head coach Thomas Griffis was expecting an adjustment, he said.
“Coach Shoemaker is one of the best coaches in the area, and I knew that at halftime he would make adjustments. I told our guys that to win they would have to grind, and I think we did a decent job of that tonight.”
Ragsdale found gold with perimeter shooting from Tre Goode who finished with 19 points, including 12 in second-half three pointers.
The two teams battled back and forth until late in the fourth quarter when Grimsley had the lead and Ragsdale was forced to begin fouling to attempt to stop them from running the clock.
Devan Rasper made a sterling 9-9 free throws, including 8-8 in the fourth quarter to contribute his part for the Whirlies as they pulled away for good.
Ragsdale coach Chris Shoemaker felt that “sloppy passing and inability to finish around the basket” were two main reasons that the Tigers weren’t victorious on Friday night.
“We have a couple of tough games coming up,” Shoemaker said. “The teams are different, but very even, in our conference.”
The Whirlies will continue after the victory with the motto of “grinding out wins”, Griffis said.
The Whirlies, now (11-9) overall and 3-2 in the conference and continue Metro-4A conference play with a game against Northwest Guilford on Tuesday.
The Tigers drop to (9-10) overall and 2-1 in the conference with the loss and will be back in action on Wednesday against Page.
Devan Resper- 23 points
Nate Urqhart- 16 points
Nick Cotton- 11 points
Jalen Williams- 11 points
Tre Goode- 19 points
Devan Boykin- 14 points
Jaay Ford- 14 points
Aaron Clark- 10 points