Playing their sixth game in eight days, the Ridgewood Spartan Girls Basketball team
hosted Lewistown on Monday, November 25th. Lewistown’s full court pressure and high
powered offense ran away from the Spartans from the opening tipoff downing Ridgewood 78 to
27. Lewistown pushed from the opening quarter leaping ahead to a 27 to 6 lead after the
first eight minutes and continued to pull away leading by 31 at the half. The Spartans were
paced by Brecken Adamson who was 8 for 8 from the free throw line putting up eleven points.
Tatum Miller added eight points, six in the second half while Kendall Lewis and Hannah Maher
each had four points apiece.
Spartans Relying On Year of Experience
Ridgewood Spartan Head Coach Bryan Brooks is relying on a year of experience to be a
big factor for the Ridgewood Spartan Boys Basketball team this year. “We definitely want to
improve from last year, a year we had so many kids who would be playing on a junior varsity
team play up and getting a lot of experience.” Brooks observed on last year’s team which had a
14 win 17 loss season. The Spartans lost Brian Anderson and Garrett Jackson from the post and three point shooter Jordan Francis to graduation but kept a very solid core intact. This core includes a trio of juniors; Ganon Greenman, Mitchell Brooks, and Lucas Althaus joined by sophomore guard Lucas Kessinger, all who started for most or all of last season. Joining this group will be the lone starting senior, Logan Nodine. Nodine is a tough role player who will provide senior leadership to this group of underclassmen. Coming off of the bench down low will be senior Kenan Dean who should provide a solid presence on the boards and sophomore Keagan Hixson who will give some quality minutes in relief on the perimeter. The LTC outlook looks a lot like it did last year. Wethersfield and Princeville will look to battle it out for the top two spots but Ridgewood Fans can look for their Spartans to fall somewhere in the top half of the conference. The will need to find consistent scoring from three of the four greatest offensive threats and to be able to protect the basketball in the backcourt. If they can do these two things it should be an exciting year for Spartan Basketball!
Ridgewood Goes into OT for Win
The Ridgewood Spartans were so excited in their season opener they played an extra
period to get their first win of the season. The Spartans played their opening game in the Orion
Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, November 25th downing Erie-Prophetstown in overtime
53 to 44.
Ganon Greenman put in thirteen of his game high twenty one points in the first half as
the Spartans jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the first eight minutes. Mitchell Brooks added six of
his ten points in the first half to help the Spartans go into the halftime ahead by seven points 28
to 21. Erie-Prophetstown regrouped in the third quarter outscoring Ridgewood 11 to 7 to cut
the lead to just three points 35-32 going into the fourth quarter. The two teams battled back and
forth but were tied at 43 to force overtime. The Spartans ran away with the game at that point behind four overtime points by Greenman, Ridgewood outscored Erie Prophetstown 10 to 1 to win 53-44. Lucas Kessinger added twelve points while Logan Nodine had five points in the Spartan win.
Titans Top Spartans in OT
The Ridgewood Spartans for the second straight night played an extra period in the
Orion Thanksgiving Tournament on November 26th. This time though the Spartans ended up on
the short end of the stick falling to Monmouth Roseville 73 to 69. Ganon Greenman had thirteen first quarter points as both teams were tied at twelve apiece after the opening quarter. Lucas Kessinger and the Spartans offense heated up in the second quarter outscoring the Titans 15-6 to take a 27 to 18 lead into the half. Kessinger had eight first half points, finishing with twenty five points for the night. Monmouth Roseville came out of the halftime locker room and outscored Ridgewood 24 to 15 to tie the game at 42 apiece. The two teams seesawed back and forth in the fourth before giving Spartan fans their second straight night of overtime basketball.
Monmouth Roseville managed to go on a run in overtime to pull away from Ridgewood
by four points winning 73 to 69. Ganon Greenman put up thirteen points in the first quarter and
ten in the fourth finishing with twenty nine points. Keanan Dean had five points coming off of the
bench and Logan Nodine finished with four points on the night.
Tigers Top Spartans
Having taken the night off for Thanksgiving, the Ridgewood Spartans started up again in
the Orion Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, November 29th. An eighteen point turnaround in
a tough fourth quarter allowed Sherrard to beat Ridgewood 69 to 60. Ridgewood came out blazing behind twelve first half points by sophomore Lucas Kessinger including three three pointers as the Spartans took an early 25 to 8 lead over Sherrard. Kessinger would finish with seventeen on the night. The Spartans kept up the pace in the second quarter with Mitchell Brooks putting in ten
of his twelve points as the Ridgewood lead grew to twenty one points at the half leading
Sherrard 44 to 23. Sherrard began to climb back into the game in the third quarter outscoring Ridgewood twenty one to nine to cut the lead to just nine points going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth it was all Sherrard as they passed the Spartans, outscoring them in the fourth quarter twenty five to nine to get the nine point lead. Ganon Greenman led the Spartans with twenty one points while Lucas Althaus added four points.
Spartans Rally to Take Fifth Place
The Ridgewood Spartans needed a second half rally led by Ganon Greenman to beat
the Rock Island Alleman Pioneers to win fifth place in the Orion Thanksgiving Tournament on
Saturday, November 30th. Greenman was a one man wrecking crew putting up fourteen points
in the first half and twenty three in the second half to lead Ridgewood to the 56 to 49 point win. Both teams struggled in the first quarter as Alleman took an early 14-4 lead over Ridgewood. The two teams heated up during the second quarter but Alleman kept the advantage going into the locker room up nine 27 to 18. Greenman took over in the third quarter outscoring the entire Alleman team 13 to 9 as Ridgewood took a six point lead going into the final eight minutes. Greenman kept the hot hand in the four but he was joined by Keanan Dean who put in four points in the fourth as Ridgewood claimed fifth place with the 56 to 49 win. Senior Logan Nodine also added four points in the second half Spartan rally.