Tigers sweep Bison
Outhustling and outscrapping the High Point Central boys basketball team is a difficult feat to accomplish, but Tuesday night Ragsdale was able to do just that cruising to a 62-46 victory over the Bison.
Four of Ragsdale’s five starters reached double figures in the scoring column, and the team shot 50 percent from the field to snap a two game losing streak and improve its record to 8-9 (2-3 Piedmont Triad Conference).
Jarratt Holland and James Stepp scored 14 points a piece, followed by Joseph Bryant with 13 and Daniel Kanakanui with 10.
“The balance was great tonight,” head coach Craig Shoemaker said, noting his only other starter Khalil Whitaker was only a basket away from double figures. “But the game was won because we all went to the defensive glass. That was the key to tonight, be hungry on the glass,” head coach Craig Shoemaker said.
Despite turning the ball over 16 times, the Tigers were able to put together a defensive game plan, mixing man-to-man and zone defenses, to keep the Bison off its game. Central committed 12 turnovers and were held to just 15-of-48 shooting on the night.
“I thought we were really focused on defense tonight and it was a simple transition into our offense. Central is at its best when they are hitting shots, hustling and out rebounding its opponent. We were able to neutralize that.” Shoemaker said.
Ragsdale found itself in command for much of the first half after jumping out to an early 11-1 lead. High Point Central did not hit a field goal until 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Central standouts Jamal Thompson and Juwan Foggie were held to a combined nine points and two field goals. Each did not score a field goal until the second half.
“We definitely didn’t feel as if they were a presence tonight. We did a good job of keeping them from making shots.” Shoemaker said.
Both teams struggled to take care of the ball but Ragsdale made up for its lack of ball security by hitting four 3-point baskets in the first half, five for the game.
Ahmad Langham scored 16 points in the loss for the Bison, followed by Kevin Green with 10 points. Central three game winning streak was snapped in the loss and it slips to 9-8 overall, 3-2 in the Piedmont Triad Conference.
In the girls game, Mikayla Pettyjohn recorded a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds to give the Ragsdale a 40-7 victory over cross-town and Piedmont Triad 4A opponent, High Point Central.
The Lady Tigers (5-10, 2-4 PTC) shot 17 of 42 from the field and caused 22 turnovers to propel the Lady Tiger’s to its fifth victory of the season. Godwin Dooley, and Jasmine Williams had seven and six points, respectively in the win.
Kierra Currie had seven points in the loss for the Lady Bison, who remains winless on the season.