Guy Ellis

The GHS varsity basketball teams will be spending the weekend in Miami for the annual NEO A&M Tournament.

Additionally, the Ridgerunner JV squad will feature in the Jay Tri-State Tournament.

The Lady Red have drawn the Girls’ Gold round robin bracket for the NEO event. The Lady Ridgerunners will face Guthrie at 6:00 PM on Thursday at the Student Activity Center on the NEO campus. Friday’s game will be played at the NEO A&M field house against Roland at 1:00 PM. The Lady Red will wrap up tournament play Saturday at the Civic Center in a 2:30 PM date with the Miami Lady Wardogs.

“We’re looking forward to it because we get to play Guthrie and that’s a 5A school and will be a good look for us,” said Lady Red Head Coach Richard Bassett.

Friday’s game against the Lady Rangers will be a re-match from the finals of the Tahlequah Tournament earlier in the season.

“We’re looking forward to playing Roland on Friday and I want to see if we can measure up against them better than we did when we played them in the finals at the Tahlequah Tournament,” said Bassett.

“We’re looking forward to that game (Roland.) We can’t look past Guthrie because we want to get that one. At the Tahlequah Tournament we didn’t play very well in the first half and I want to see if we can get out there and do better this time.”

The Ridgerunners will play in the Boys’ Blue round robin bracket. Thursday will see Grove take on Springfield Central (MO) at the Student Activity Center at 7:30 PM. The Ridgerunners play Riverview Christian at the NEO field house at 8:00 PM on Friday. Grove will conclude tournament play Saturday against Miami in a 2:30 showdown at the NEO field house.

The Ridgerunners have drawn one of the most difficult brackets in the tournament.

“It’s gonna be real tough if we don’t come out and play better as a team, and look for one another, and make the extra pass,” said Ridgerunner Head Coach Doug Winters.

“Springfield Central is highly ranked in the upper echelon of Missouri basketball from the scouting reports I’ve been getting,” the coach added.

“(Riverview Christian) beat us real bad last year and Miami is a really well coached team.

If we don’t come to play as a team and really hustle and work hard it could be a long week,” Winters said.

While the varsity squad has been preparing for the NEO Tournament the Ridgerunner JV team has been participating in the Jay Tri-State Tournament.

“Jay has a good tournament,” Winters said. “Coach Hayes (Wes, JHS head coach) asked me to help him out because they were short and I thought that maybe some of these kids that haven’t got a lot of varsity game time could get a good opportunity there. They’ll play against varsity level competition and see what it’s all about. The more experience they have the better it is for all of us.”

The Ridgerunner JV squad opened Tri-State play Tuesday against McDonald County.