LORAIN — After a loss to Midview on Friday that stopped a seven-game win streak, North Ridgeville coach Bill Noggle wondered how his team would respond to a quick turnaround against a tough opponent. He told his players even good teams lose games, but it’s how they bounce back that matters.
A 75-59 non-conference win Saturday night against Southview should’ve answered any questions about the resilience of his team.
North Ridgeville (8-3) came out on a mission, took it right to the Saints with a 16-6 first quarter, and Southview was never able to catch up.
“It was very important to come out against a well-coached, explosive offensive team,” Noggle said. “Our senior leadership wouldn’t let us dwell on last night. All six seniors took it upon themselves to say we have to get this ship righted and start tonight.”
Drew McGhee, a 6-foot-11 senior, led all scorers with a game-high 23 points (twice what he scored the last two games), while 6-5 senior Keene Cockburn controlled the boards, pulling down 21 of the 35 rebounds the Rangers had.
Jake Rigsby added 15 points for the Rangers, going 6-of-8 from the free throw line. North Ridgeville was 20-of-30 from the line, while Southview was 13-of-19.
“We were a little angry about last night and came out here and got the job done,” McGhee said. “I even got some points tonight. It was about time.”
The Rangers’ role players got into the act also, as senior Ryan McNamara added 11 points and some strong defense.
“I came out more ready to play tonight,” he said. “Last night I just wasn’t focused. I came out angry and just wanted to play hard and I just did what I needed to do.
“Tonight was a big win for us after last night. We all had high expectations for Southview knowing this was going to be a big game for us. It’s good to get the win and get us back on the right path.”
Every time Southview (9-4) would make a run at North Ridgeville, the Rangers would answer. The Saints never got closer than 12 points in the second half.
“I thought we were very sluggish offensively in the first quarter,” Saints coach Andy Bastock said. “I told the kids I felt we were very capable of attacking them because I felt they were slow-footed and we could go by them even if they were in a zone defense.
“And once they realized that, we pretty much played them even the rest of the game. But spotting a good team like that 10 points in the first quarter makes it hard to come back.”
The game was an intense contest with three technical fouls and an intentional foul called as the referees maintained control throughout.
Josh Biber led the Saints with 19 points and Quincy Ezell chipped in 15.
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North Ridgeville 75, Southview 59
SOUTHVIEW (59): Josh Biber 7-5-19, Quincy Ezell 6-3-15, Quinton Ezell 2-0-5, Montrell Elliott 1-0-2, Charles Fletcher 2-2-7, Shawn Bell 0-0-0, Mike Anderson 2-0-5, Jeremiah Frymeir 0-1-1, Andre Burt 0-0-0, Angel Gomez 1-2-5. Totals 21-13-59.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (75): Drew McGhee 8-7-23, Keene Cockburn 3-1-7, Jake Rigsby 4-6-15, Dan Montgomery 3-1-8, Nick Rogerson 2-3-7, Jason Ice 2-0-4, Ryan McNamara 4-2-11, Mark Szylakowski 0-0-0, Zach Wade 0-0-0, Madison Hamilton 0-0-0, Dominique Qualls 0-0-0, Conor Sullivan 0-0-0, Robert Michael 0-0-0. Totals 26-20-75.
Southview 6 17 24 12 — 59
N Ridgeville 16 22 19 18 — 75
Three-point goals: Southview (Quincy Ezell, Quinton Ezell, Gomez, Fletcher), North Ridgeville 3 (Montgomery, Rigsby, McNamara). Rebounds: Southview 16 (Elliott 8), North Ridgeville 35 (Cockburn 21). Turnovers: Southview 14, North Ridgeville 17. Total fouls: Southview 20, North Ridgeville 16. Fouled out: Biber, Quinton Ezell.
Junior varsity: North Ridgeville, 49-44.