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The Ridgeway pressure proved to be too much for the Hardin-Central Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon in the NCMC Holiday Shootout in Trenton. The Owls’ full-court press created 30 Bulldog turnovers in a 70-49 Ridgeway victory at the Ketcham Community Center.
The pressure also helped the Owls hold Hardin-Central to only 45 shots at the basket. Ridgeway attempted 70 field goals for the contest. The Bulldogs also visited the free throw line just four times – making all of them, while Ridgeway connected on 11 of 19 from the stripe.
“You cannot win if you do not have the shots,” Bulldog Coach Kirk Thacker said.
Thacker added his Bulldogs handled the pressure better in the second half as they tried to erase a 42-17 deficit.
The Owls opened up a 24-6 lead after the first 8 minutes. Ridgeway held a 56-32 advantage heading into the fourth period.
David Claycomb scored a game-high 23 for the Owls, while Patrick King led the Hardin-Central scoring with 20 points, to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocked shots. Daniel Carpenter added a dozen points for the Dawgs while hitting the boards for 7 rebounds with 5 steals. Mark Carpenter and Chris Wilson scored 7 each for Hardin-Central, with Carpenter leading the way on the boards with 10 rebounds.
Chris Herring added 3 points.