No. 3 Spartans prove worthy of lofty rating

Doug Boock
Galva’s Rachel Jeffries drives on Ridgewood’s Annie Gelaude during Monday night’s game in Galva.

Associated Press poll voters say Ridgewood’s now the third-best team in Class 1A. On Monday night, the Spartans showed why.

Showing quickness and strength, the Spartans roared out to a 23-1 lead after one quarter of play at host Galva, then overcame a Galva second-quarter comeback to capture a convincing 78-42 win.

The Lady Cats played very well in the second quarter - outscoring Ridgewood 22-16 - but saw the deep Spartans rebound in the second half to outscore them 39-23 to win going away.

“We’ve been working on that a little bit,” Ridgewood Coach Bryan Brooks said of his team’s quick start. “We continue to talk about Monday games (and the difficulty in playing well after the weekend), and the need to go ahead and just play.”

For the rest of this story, see the Jan. 14 Galva News.