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Lady Steers win in OT, boys stumble in San Angelo

December 1, 2010

HERALD Photo/Tony Claxton — Big Spring center/power forward Cerbi Ritchey (44) had 21 points in the Lady Steers’ winning effort against Greenwood Tuesday night.

GREENWOOD — Cerbi Ritchey was the go-to player when it mattered most and Greenwood probably knew that.

The Rangerettes just couldn’t do much about it.

The Lady Steers edged Greenwood in a 45-41 victory on the road thanks to nine points in overtime , six of which were from Ritchey.

In total, Ritchey had 21 points and Mackenzie Stone had 11 to lead the way. Stone had a team-high seven rebounds and Diamond Mayes had six boards.

Mayes and Ritchey in the post is becoming a lethal combination for head coach Mike Warren.

“I think they’re going to be a good 1-2 punch,” he said. “We just have to get them both playing well at the same time. We had an advantage in size. That hurt them a little bit.”

Warren said overtime could have been avoided if the Lady Steers had hit their free-throw shots. The Lady Steers were 13-of-26 from the charity stripe, good for 50 percent.

The win was good considering the last time a game went down to the wire for the Lady Steers. Against Merkel last week, Big Spring lost on a late layup at home. It is the only loss of the year, putting the Lady Steers at 5-1.

Warren is still pleased with the start to the season, but the Andrews Tournament, which begins Thursday, will test his squad and show them where they’re at as far as progress is concerned.

BSH 16 6 6 8 9 - 45
GHS 4 12 14 6 5 - 41

Big Spring’s top scorers
Cerbi Ritchey 21 points, 6 rebounds
Mackenzie Stone 11 points, 7 rebounds
LaShaunte Anderson 4 points, 3 assists
Logan Yarbar 3 points
Taryn Kennedy 2 points
Valerie Ross 2 points, 3 assists
Diamond Mayes 6 rebounds
Next game: Andrews Tournament, Thursday through Saturday in Andrews

Big Spring boys
SAN ANGELO — Luke Adams is making a name for himself. Whether that’s a good thing or not is to be determined.

The senior dropped 24 points in a losing effort as the Steers lost to San Angelo Central 64-52. So far, Adams has had an outstanding season.

The 24-point effort Tuesday night is in addition to the 42-point performance against Odessa Permian and the clutch freethrows he hit down the stretch to help Big Spring beat Greenwood last week.

Central didn’t necessarily limit Adams, but head coach Cliff Thompson said defenses are starting to key in on the senior.

“We’ve played four games and in two of them he’s already got the Box-and-1,” he said. “I think that’s something we’ll see in every game from here on out. They’re going to try to do something different. That’s just something we’re going to have to become accustomed to and find ways to get him his shots.”

Tristain Clay added nine points, making it another game where Adams and Clay have been the top two scorers on the team.

Thompson said finding a third high scorer might make things a little bit easier on the Steers. A lot of players, including Dayvion Young, Devante Lloyd, DaVonte Anderson, Chris Turner and Seth Pearson have shown the ability to put up solid numbers for the Steers.

The key in this game, though, was the huge fourth quarter from Central, where Big Spring was outscored 20-9.

BSH 14 15 14 9 - 52
CHS 10 19 15 20 - 64

Big Spring’s top scorer’s
Luke Adams 24
Tristain Clay 9
Chazzell Robertson 6
Next game: Andrews Tournament, Thursday through Saturday in Andrews

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