The Lady Ridgerunners' hard fought victory over the Lady Tigers from Coweta 50-45 on Friday, Jan. 12, puts them at an eight-game winning streak.
“Eight game winning streaks are not a norm for any team on average," said Head Coach Richard Bassett. "I am really proud of the girls and what they have accomplished.
"We have a great group of seniors that are great leaders.”
The Lady Ridgerunners ended their win over Coweta with 23 personal fouls called against them, as they went back and forth with the lead throughout out the night.
Coweta took a small early lead over Grove, but the Lady Ridgerunners were able to regain the advantage before the end of the first quarter of play leading 12-10.
During the second quarter Coweta was able to tie the score and even take a brief one point lead over Grove.
However, the Lady Ridgerunners were able to take back the lead ending the first half of play in a very close game with the score of 22-21 over the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Ridgerunners had their best quarter after the half scoring 12 points to Coweta’s four ending the third quarter with a 34-25 score.
The Lady Ridgerunners were outscored in the fourth and final quarter of the game 20-16 with the Lady Tigers closing the game to one point with just a few minutes left to play.
The Lady Ridgerunners continued to keep the pressure on Coweta for pulling off their final win of 50-45.
Grove ended the night with three players in foul trouble ending the night with the most fouls called against them from the season.
“I think some of that was the officials we had and some of that was the type of defense Coweta played against us,” said Bassett, of the team's fouls.
Cheyenne Tanner lead the team in scoring for the night bringing in 17 points for the girls also representing her highest scoring night of the season so far.
Most of Tanners points were scored while playing in the post position with an additional 5/6 shot at the line.
“We saw a box most of the night with them denying Rory [Greer] and Macee [Barnes] the ball,” said Bassett. “Because they were denying the ball to Rory and Macee we ran our same offense but put Rory or Macee in positions that would allow us to get open looks at the post positions.
“We put the defense in spots where they would over rotate leaving the backside open. We should have scored more then we did but that’s just the way it goes.”
Geer and Barnes, who usually lead the team in scoring, relied heavily on their teammates in the game against Coweta.
Geer put up a total of three for the night while Barnes was able to drop 11 points for the girls.
Mikalle Pair is continuing to shine for the Lady Ridgerunners bringing in 12 for the girls and shooting 2/3 at the line.
“Mikalle has just been a pleasant surprise. Due to some injuries she has been given the opportunity and she has made the best of it,” said Bassett. “I’m so happy and proud of what she has done this year.”
The Lady Ridgerunners were scheduled to play Glenpool on Tuesday, Jan. 16, however that game was canceled due to weather conditions mid-day Monday.
The team will next travel to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M tournament in Miami, with the first game set for 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18.
Grove will face off against the Green Country Defenders in the first round of the tournament.
Other teams playing in the NEO tournament include Edmond North, Tulsa McLain, Roland, Tulsa Will Rogers, and Coweta with matches running through Saturday, Jan 20.