Guy Ellis

There’s an old axiom at the Indy 500 that states a driver doesn’t win a race in the first corner on the first lap. The GHS Lady Red (3-2) basketball team lived up to that truism Tuesday night in their home opener with a 40-28 win over the Miami Lady Wardogs (2-5).

A 5-5 stalemate after the first quarter gave way to a Grove 15-8 scoring advantage in the second giving the Lady Red a 20-13 halftime lead. A strong 13-point fourth down the home stretch sealed the win.

Part of the slow start can be attributed to both teams returning to competition after the long Christmas break.

“We did practice about seven times over Christmas break,” said Lady Ridgerunner Head Coach Richard Bassett. “But practices aren’t games. We scrimmaged twice but it’s just not the same. You don’t have people up in the stands cheering and things like that.”

Senior Margaret Pogue and junior Logan Cook were the Grove high scorers with eight points each. Pogue grabbed eight rebounds while Cook hit two three-point shots.

Senior Stacia Sarwinski scored six points and pulled in 10 rebounds. Juniors Rachel Allington and Peri Lane posted seven apiece to round out the Lady Red high scorers.

The Lady Ridgerunners now turn their attention to a tough road game at 4A #2 Vinita looming for this Friday.

“We’re still trying to get more mature and we’re still struggling with scoring,” said Bassett. “I tell the girls, because they get so worried about missing, that you have to shoot it to make it and to not worry about it because you’re going to miss shots but just play good defense and come back and get another chance to score. There are still some things we’ve got to get better at.”

Both Ridgerunner teams played to a packed house Tuesday night. The Ridgerunner Marching Band, the band that pride built, was also on hand.

“We had a great crowd tonight,” said Bassett. “I hope that continues because it makes it great for everybody.”