MARTINSBURG- The Mountain Ridge Lady Miners got a big win on Saturday when they traveled to Martinsburg to face Spring Mills High School.
The Lady Miners were victorious on December 19th when the teams last faced off winning the contest 51-39. This time the Miner’s knew it was going to be a more difficult task since this game took place on the Cardinals home court. The Miners came out hot on offense and their defense was excellent in the first quarter. Scoring 12 points of their own and holding the Cardinals to only 4 points, the Miners were able to crack the Cardinals 1-2-2 zone, while the Cardinals were stumped on offense playing against the Miners triangle and two defense. In the second quarter things started clicking for Spring Mills. In addition Mountain Ridge missed some shots which allowed the Cardinals to come within 4 points at halftime. Mountain Ridge Head Coach Valery Broadwater was pleased with her team and their after the first half. The ball movement was excellent and the defense was fierce. She wanted her team to keep up the energy and intensity in the second half.
The Miners listened and outscored Spring Mills again in the 3rd quarter, 12-4 to boost their lead to 28-16 heading into the fourth. The Cardinals were confused how to stop the Miners, so they decided to try a man press to try and force some turnovers. Still, this failed to cause any problems for the Miners as they broke the press every time which lead to easy transition points. The Miners were able to close out successfully, winning 38-20. This was the Miners third straight win. Alexie Arnold led the way with a double-double as she scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Miners. Also scoring for the Miners were Maddie Paris with 6 and Seairra Ward and Kaitlyn Derham each with 5. For the Cardinals, Emily Garland led her team with 6 points. Mountain Ridge was also successful in the JV game as they defeated the Cardinals 40-24 with Dayna Lashley leading the way for them with 15 points. With their big win, Mountain Ridge now improves to 7-5 and Spring Mills falls to 3-9.