Cane Bay can’t break through

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013

Roger Lee/Gazette Cane Bay’s Najee Walker makes a pass against Ashley Ridge.


The Ashley Ridge boys avenged a prior loss to Cane Bay, handing the Cobras an 80-63 loss Friday.

The Swamp Foxes dominated the first five minutes of the game to jump out to a 14-0 lead. Tyquan Tucker and Andre Grant both hit a pair of three-point shots during the run.

Cane Bay finally got on the scoreboard with a 3-pointer from JiQuan Hammond with three minutes remaining in the opening period but Ashley Ridge carried a 16-5 lead into the second quarter.

Hammond and Devin Kilgore then led a rally to pull the Cobras within a point, 20-19. Ashley Ridge responded with a 15-7 run to take a 35-26 lead into the half.

When the teams came out of the locker rooms, Ashley Ridge’s Tray Jenkins opened the third period with a couple of free throws due to a technical foul. Jenkins hit both to give the Swamp Foxes a double-digit lead and it was an uphill battle for the Cobras after that.

“I think that is indicative of our team a little bit,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “We have some youth and inexperience but we are scrappy and play really hard. We got a lot of things from a lot of different guys. We fought at Stratford last night but the shots just weren’t falling for us.

“Tonight they fell a little for us, but the thing I’m most proud of is how well we played defensively and the way guys just got after them and rebounded well.”

Tucker led the Ashley Ridge scorers with 20 points after hitting five 3-pointers. Jenkins finished with 14 points and Grant with 10.

Hammond finished with 30 points to lead all scorers. He hit two 3-pointers in the game and made 10 of 11 free throw attempts. Najee Walker added nine points for the Cobras.

In the girls game, Shelby Daly had a team-high 14 points to power the Lady Foxes past Cane Bay 45-36.

Ashley Ridge rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to earn its fourth victory in five games.

Makayla Dudley led Cane Bay with 17 points, while Shameque Robinson added eight points. Lindsay Manning scored six points.

Two nights earlier, Cane Bay’s basketball teams were swept at home by Stall. The Lady Cobras fell 46-37 while the Cane Bay boys lost 56-54.

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