Ridgeview shouted “Energy!” as it broke the huddle to begin the second half.
The Ravens took that word to heart, soaring back from down 19 points to win 58-54 at Summit in a nonleague girls basketball game Friday night.
“We just came out so flat,” Ridgeview coach Shan Hartford said.
Trailing 40-21 with five minutes to go in the third quarter after the Storm opened the second half with nine straight points, Ridgeview ended the run with a basket in the paint by senior Ashley Hall.
Hall’s hoop started a 10-2 run for the Ravens, but they went 0-for-4 from the free-throw line at the end of the third quarter to enter the fourth still down by nine at 46-37.
Summit held on to a 10-point lead until midway through the fourth when baskets by Rylee Troutman and Alaina Clark got Ridgeview within six.
Two more buckets by Troutman, including a 3-point play with 2:26 remaining, cut the Storm lead to 52-51.
Jenna Albrecht, a freshman who came off the bench, then found Clark on a fast break for an easy layup to give Ridgeview its first lead since early in the first quarter.
“We knew what we had to do and we came through,” said Troutman, who made two free throws to extend the Ravens’ lead to 55-52 with 55 seconds remaining. “I wasn’t very confident going up to the line after missing a few but I knew what I had to do for my team and after making the first one I was confident I was going to make the second.”
Summit senior Olivia Loberg split two Ridgeview defenders for a layup to get the Storm within 55-54.
But the Ravens defense stepped up in the final 30 seconds, and Ridgeview made three more free throws to finish off the Storm.
“This is going to be fantastic for us, just because we’ve had a history of getting down and being able to crawl back into it but not finish it and tonight showed them that they can get back in it and finish it,” Hartford said. “If we get down, it’s not a big deal anymore.”
Summit built its big lead in the first half by pressuring the Ravens into turnovers.
Hartford credited Albrecht and Averi Hartford, two players not normally in the rotation, for stepping up in the second half to help break the Storm’s press so Ridgeview could feed the 6-foot-1-inch Troutman and 5-10 Clark in the post.
“We finally calmed down offensively and started pounding it into the post, which was going to be our advantage all night,” Hartford said. “We got in too much of a hurry early in the game.”
Summit also got into foul trouble, making it more difficult to defend full court.
“When you have a press and you have kids with four fouls, they can’t play the way they were,” Summit coach Lynnette Landis said.
With Ridgeview able to get the ball past half court, its height advantage began to take over.
“Ridgeview is a good team,” Landis said. “Our kids are not big. We play big but we’re not big. We’re lacking that 6-1 player.”
Troutman scored 20 points to lead the Ravens. Hall and Clark each scored 14 points.
Healy Bledsoe had 16 points for Summit and Loberg added 15.
“If we play like we did in the first half, we’re going to contend in our conference,” Landis said.
Class 5A Ridgeview (3-3), which has knocked off 6A Summit and Mountain View in its last two games, plays at Putnam on Tuesday night at 7:15.
Summit (2-3) travels to Glencoe next Friday for a 6 p.m. tip.
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