FAIRVIEW PARK — The North Ridgeville Rangers came to Fairview on Friday night knowing they had handled the Warriors 69-53 the last time they played on Jan. 6 at North Ridgeville.
But this time, on the Warriors’ floor, things were a little different.
For three quarters, fans were reminded of last season’s first game between these teams, when the Warriors handed the Rangers their only West Shore Conference loss of the season.
Fairview stayed right with the Rangers on Friday night and entered the fourth quarter with the game tied at 45 only because the Rangers’ Jake Rigsby hit one of his four
3-pointers at the third-quarter buzzer.
It wasn’t until Keene Cockburn rattled in a three with 5:15 to play in the game to make it 55-52 that the Rangers were able to shake the Warriors. From then on, North Ridgeville took command and pulled away for a 75-66 win.
The win kept the Rangers (10-3 overall, 8-1 WSC) one game ahead of Vermilion in the WSC. Fairview dropped to 8-7 overall, 3-6 WSC.
“I think in the first half we lacked a little bit of effort and defensive intensity,” said North Ridgeville’s 6-foot-11 senior center, Drew McGhee.
“Coming out of the locker room in the second half we picked up both of those things after the coach gave us a little talking to. Going into halftime we were down by three and maybe it was the senior leadership, but we said we are not going to lose here again. So we had to go out there and do something.”
The Rangers came out and went on a 15-7 run to take a 40-35 lead with 2:27 left in the third quarter, but Fairview came right back with a 10-2 run to take a 45-42 lead until Rigsby’s three tied it at the buzzer.
Rigsby is usually the catalyst for the Rangers in the first quarter. But Friday night it was the fourth quarter, when he hit three 3-pointers.
“In the first quarter I jammed my (right) thumb on the ball, but it kept getting better as the game went on so I was able to get my shot going,” Rigsby said.
Fairview employed the slow-down offense with some success, but it was the Warriors’ outside shooting that kept them in the game. Jim Wise (21 points) did some outstanding inside work for the Warriors against a taller McGhee.
McGhee led all scorers with 29 points (his highest out put of the season) and had four blocked shots.
“We didn’t play well in the first half, but you have to give them all the credit for that,” Rangers coach Bill Noggle said.
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North Ridgeville 75, Fairview 66
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (75): Drew McGhee 13-3-29, Keene Cockburn 4-1-12, Dan Montgomery 0-0-0, Jake Rigsby 6-4-20, Nick Rogerson 0-1-1, Ryan McNamara 1-1-4, Jason Ice 2-0-4, Mark Szylakowski 1-1-4, Robert Michael 0-1-1, Dominique Qualls 0-0-0, Conor Sullivan 0-0-0, Madison Hamilton 0-0-0, Zach Wade 0-0-0. Totals 27-13-75.
FAIRVIEW (66): Jim Wise 10-1-21, Adam Johans 6-0-16, Marty Patton 4-0-11, John Fritz 3-3-9, Taylor Melton 1-2-4, Sean Faska 1-0-3, Brett Willgren 1-0-2, AdamDickey 0-0-0, Joe Mills 0-0-0, Mohmoud Najjar 0-0-0, Tom Rehor 0-0-0, Cortez Harris 0-0-0, Nelson Santos 0-0-0. Totals 26-6-66.
N. Ridgeville 10 15 20 30 — 75
Fairview 10 18 17 21 — 66
Three-point goals: N Ridgeville 8 (Rigsby 4, Cockburn 2, McNamara, Szylakowski), Fairview 9 (Johans 4, Patton 3, Faska, Fritz). Rebounds: N Ridgeville 11 (McGhee 4), Fairview 17 (Fritz 6). Turnovers: N Ridgeville 14, Fairview 12. Total fouls: N Ridgeville 9, Fairview 17.
Junior Varsity: N Ridgeville 42 Fairview 36.