Guy Ellis

The Grove Ridgerunner (3-6) basketball team lost a Verdigris Valley Conference game at home to the Wagoner Bulldogs (3-9) by a score of 56-42 Friday.

“I’m mad at myself,” GHS Head Coach Doug Winters said. “I don’t think I coached a very good ballgame. We saw some things in the JV game that we thought would work (in the varsity game) but they didn’t and I didn’t make good adjustments until halftime; I should have made them in the second quarter.

“I thought we played pretty flat but I didn’t do enough to change it,” Winters added. “I thought we played pretty good in the second half after we made some adjustments.”

The Ridgerunners trailed 8-4 after the first quarter but almost matched the Bulldogs, 13-12, in the second quarter to trail 21-16 at the intermission.

“We’ve come out flat the last three games and I think that’s my fault so were going to make an assessment on what were doing in pre-game and maybe change the line-up a little bit,” said Winters. “We’ve come out too flat in the last three games.”

Grove seniors Tyler Spychalski and Trent Winters led a 13-point third quarter for the Ridgerunners. The Bulldogs countered with 18 in the frame including 10 from Jordan Lewis.

“They (Wagoner) were pretty intense and put a lot of pressure on us,” Coach Winters said. “We hadn’t seen that kind of speed for a couple of games so it took us a quarter or two to adjust and by that time we were down.”

Spychalski led the Grove scorers Friday with 14. Winters posted eight while Jack Johnson added six and Jake Martin five.

Grove will begin play in the NEO Tournament later this week. The Ridgerunners face Springfield Central Thursday at the NEO Student Activity Center.