DOVER -- Ridgewood High's one-two punch proved too much for the Barnesville High Lady Shamrocks to over come, suffering a season-ending 48-37 loss in Division II Sectional tournament action on Thursday night at Dover High School.
"Give Ridgewood all the credit," Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter said following the game. "They have some good guards and they pretty much controlled the action all night."
Ridgewood senior Courtney Babcock was a thorn in the Lady 'Rocks side all night, finishing with a game-high 21 points while sophomore running mate Kayla Tedrick added 15 for the winners.
The Lady Generals dialed in from long distance early, drilling a trio of three-pointers in the opening quarter, with Babcock connecting on a pair and Tedrick hitting one also as RHS jumped in front 11-9.
Ridgewood managed to extend its lead to 21-16 at the halftime intermission, with a 10-7 second quarter scoring edge as Barnesville began to have some trouble handling the Lady Generals' pressure defense -- committing eight turnovers in the period.
"Again it was their guards who forced a lot of our mistakes with their pressure defense," Carpenter explained. "We just didn't handle it well, I was very impressed with their guards. You can see why they are 14-5 for the season."
To open the second half, the Lady 'Rocks continued to struggle in the turnover department, chalking up seven miscues in the third period while being outscored 16-13 to trail 37-29 entering the fourth quarter.
"We were careless with the ball in the third quarter, but again give them some credit for that," Carpenter continued. "Plus we've been off for like three weeks and I'm sure that didn't help us much."
Ridgewood maintained control in the final stanza, with an 11-8 points advantage to pick up the sectional victory.
Kelsey Miller added seven points for the Lady Generals, while Ali Lusk pulled down five rebounds as Ridgewood held a 24-22 rebounding edge.
Barnesville was led off the glass by junior Melanie Baker with seven boards and junior Katy Hickenbottom tallied three.
Ridgewood improves to 15-5 on the season, and advances to meet the Tusky Valley/Indian Valley winner on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
Barnesville was paced by sophomore Jessica Hunkler with 10 points, including a pair of three-point makes, while senior Mariah Miller just missed double figures with nine. Rounding out the Lady 'Rocks scoring were Baker and junior Hedi Hines with six points each.
Barnesville closes out the season with a mark of 7-12, but Carpenter was proud of his team's efforts.
"We didn't meet our goals this season, we had set a few and fell short of them," Carpenter said. "But I'm very proud of our kids, they worked hard starting last summer and all season."
Carpenter also had some kind words for Miller, his lone departing senior.
"We're going to miss Mariah next year, she's an incredible kid with a great family," Carpenter continued. "It's always tough to say good-bye to seniors."
RIDGEWOOD 48, BARNESVILLE 37
Courteny Babcock 4-14 11-16 21; Alaynee Wright 0-1 0-0 0; Kayla Tedrick 5-13
4-5 15; Maggie Nagle 0-2 0-0 0; Ali Lusk 1-2 1-2 3; Natalie Nickol 1-1 0-1
2; Kelsey Miller 3-5 1-3 7. Totals 14-38 17-27 48.
Jessica Hunkler 3-8 2-2 10; Melanie Baker 2-6 2-3 6; Mariah Miller 1-7 6-6
9; Hedi Hines 2-15 2-2 6; Devvyn Yager 1-2 2-2 4; Katy Hickenbottom 1-1 0-0
2; Mariah Fitzpatrick 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 10-41 14-15 37.
Ridgewood 11 10 16 11 9 48
Barnesville 9 7 13 8 9 37
Three point goals 9RHS 3-10 (Babcock 2, Tedrick 1); BHS 2-9 (Hunkler,
Miller). Rebounds 9RHS 24 (Lusk 5, Tedrick 4); BHS 22 (Baker 7, Hickenbottom
3). Assists 9RHS 4 (Tedrick 3, Lusk); BHS 2 (Baker 2). Steals 9RHS 5 (Tedrick
4, Wright); BHS 6 (Hunkler 2, Miller 2). Blocked Shots 9RHS 1 (Miller).
Fouls 9RHS 19; BHS 21. Fouled Out 9RHS none; BHS (Baker, Miller).
Turnovers 9RHS 16; BHS 23.