Ridgefield 42, RA Long 37
(Woodland, WA) Ridgefield Coach Tim Klutz came into this season without 1 Senior on his team. As they entered this play-off game to determine 5th place he would have only 2 Juniors and 1 Sophomore and the rest Freshman so extended play into the post-season was not on the radar screen but the Spudders found themselves in a position to extend their season and took full advantage.
Klutz would start 5 Freshman against the Lumberjills who also came in with a very young team. Coach Erik Bertram started 3 freshman himself and had only 1 senior, Tatum Didier who was out with an injured leg. Bertram had 3 Juniors, 2 Sophomores and 5 Freshman on his squad.
The youth on both sides was front and center in the 1st half with the halftime score R A Long 15 and Ridgefield 13. 8 of the Spudders points also came from the free throw line and they didn’t score their 1st field goal until late in the 2nd quarter.
Both teams would pick it up in the 2nd half with the Jills holding onto their lead for more than half of the 3rd quarter. Eastyn Reeves, Khloe Snair and Peyton Seals would lead the offense combining for 27 of the 37 point with Reeves leading the way with 13. Mya Kirzy played an intense game diving for many loose balls, rebounding and scoring 5 points herself.
For the Spudders Sarah Jenkins led with 14 including 5 in the 1st half. She hit a 3,had 3 field goals in the 2nd half and went 5-6 from the line. Kylie Greenwald would heat up in the 2nd half scoring 12 of her 13 points and hitting a 3-point shot with 3:40 to play in the 3rd giving Ridgefield the lead that they would never relinquish. This shot would also win our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
Aliesha Ball would have a strong game off the bench for the Spudder along with Karli Oliver and Kaia Oliver. The Spudders would improve to 9-12 for the season and now advance to play at Tumwater Wednesday night in another loser out game, this one the pig-tail play-in game with the winner getting into the District Tournament at Mark Morris on Friday. R A Long’s season is over and they finished 8-13.
Our Clark County Youth Football Players of the Game went to Sarah Jenkins for Ridgefield and the Lumberjills Eastyn Reeves.
Ridgefield: S Jenkins 14, Greenwald 13, Ball 5, Kaia Oliver 4, Karli Oliver 4, Murphy 2
R A Long: Reeves 13, Snair 8, Seals 6, Kirzy 5, Maryott 3, Smith 2