The Lady Ridgerunners won back to back games Feb. 2 and 3 against Collinsville 52-31 and against Jay 69-50 bringing their season record to 15-3.
Their first game was against Collinsville on Friday and the team had a close first quarter ending with an 8-6 lead over the Lady Cardinals.
The girls extended the lead by half time pulling ahead with a 20-10 lead over Collinsville and continued to press the lead the remainder of the game.
The girl outplayed Collinsville in almost every aspect of the game both defensively and offensively.
After four quarters of play the girls had an effective field goal percentage of 39.6 as compared to 23.2 percent shot by Collinsville.
The effective field goal percentage or eFG considers both the teams two point and three point shot percentage and applies different weight accordingly.
The Lady Ridgerunners shot 14/22 at the line as compared to 12/16 by the Lady Cardinals.
The high shooters for the night were Macee Barnes with 21 points, Rory Geer with 12 and Cheyenne Tanner with 8 points.
The Lady Ridgerunners returned home for their big rivalry game against Jay’s Lady Bulldogs.
“The Grove, Jay rivalry is always big, our kids know their kids and so it always seems to be a high intense game,” said Coach Richard Bassett, “it doesn’t matter what the records are the game is always generally close.”
The first quarter of play was close against the Lady Bulldogs 4-15 ending with the Lady Ridgerunners holding a tight lead of 19-18.
The game continued to stay close with the Lady Ridgerunners fighting to maintain their lead at the half 34-32.
“They made a lot of shots the first quarter for sure and number 23 couldn’t miss,” said Bassett. “We started putting more focus on her to slow her down, once we did that, their scoring slowed down.”
It was during the third quarter of play that the Lady Ridgerunners pulled ahead of the Lady Bulldogs by scoring more then double the points ending the quarter 53-39.
The second half of the game turned out to be a strong finish for the Lady Ridgerunners ending with a 69-50 final score over the Lady Bulldogs.
Top scorers for the night were Geer with 25 points, Tanner with 14, Barnes with 12 and Alisha Jones with seven.
The Lady Ridgerunners shot an eFG of 50 percent compared to 43.9 by the Lady Bulldogs.
As far as two points the Lady Ridgerunners went 20/36 vs 12/22 and for their three pointers 2/10 vs 4/19.
The Grove girls also went 23/37 from the line for free throws against the Lady Bulldogs 14/19.
The Lady Ridgerunners will be facing off against Claremore in their final home game of the season before moving into district play on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6pm.
As the last home game, the school will also host senior night for the basketball teams.
“Senior night is never business as usual, it means a lot to the seniors who have played their careers [here] and for most will be their last home basketball game," Bassett said. "It is something they will never forget.
“I have been very fortunate to have had the privilege of getting to coach this group of seniors. They have all worked extremely hard throughout their careers and now its paying off for them.
“They are a very special group."