WASHINGTON TERRACE — Ridgeline jumped to a huge early lead in the first half and then held off a furious fourth-quarter Bonneville rally in the second game Friday at Bonneville’s 30th annual Harry Burchell Classic.
When a double-digit lead sank to five points in the final frame, the Riverhawks righted the ship against the Lakers and held on for a low-scoring 36-29 win over the hosts.
“My goal is to get it jump-started. I think the girls play better ahead. They like to press people, get the ball going,” Ridgeline coach Ainsli Jenks said. “I think that’s been effective for us in the games we’ve played, so that was kind of our goal tonight — to get moving, jump on them fast.”
The Riverhawks opened up with a 14-5 first quarter, but even though the lead expanded to 23-7 just before the half, finished with three straight periods of single-digit offense the rest of the game.
“We kind of shut down; a lot of that was we missed a lot of open shots in the key. There were a lot of missed layups. We were getting opportunities but we just weren’t finishing, so I feel like we were doing good things,” Jenks said.
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“Bonneville also brought great ball pressure and our guards were struggling to get the ball inside sometimes, and when we did, we were struggling to finish. But for the most part, I thought they did well.”
At the same time, Ridgeline held the Lakers to five, four and eight points in the first three quarters before the Lakers made their run in the fourth.
Bonneville turned in a solid, 12-point fourth quarter and got within five points on several occasions before Ridgeline put it away from the free-throw line.
“I think the girls like to exercise my heart or something,” Jenks said. “I felt like we held our composure and knocked down some really good free throws at the end and kind of sealed it.”
Ashley Nielsen, Emma Anderson and Kenedi Christiansen combined for seven charity tosses in the last minute to finally put the Lakers at bay.
Anderson was the only Riverhawk in double figures with 12 points, as Ridgeline spread the scoring around, with eight different players getting on the board. Nielsen was next in line with five points.
Saydee Larsen led the Lakers with eight points before fouling out while Karly Conolly, Ashely Croyle, Mikaela Johnson and Talia Afuvai each netted four points.