The Seminole Ridge High School boys varsity basketball team fell to Inlet Grove High School 51-43 on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Hawks’ home in The Acreage.
Though the Hawks trailed for most of the game, they made up for lost points and held Inlet Grove to only an 8-point lead.
The first quarter saw both teams battling to put up points, trading baskets while pushing heavily on the defense. Inlet Grove outscored Seminole Ridge by two baskets to make the score 14-10 going into the second quarter.
The Hawks mounted a better defense in the second quarter, letting Inlet Grove outscore them by only 1 point, but they finished 5 points behind, going into halftime with Inlet Grove leading 25-20.
It was the third quarter when the Hawks saw their opportunity slip away, as they continued to fall behind. Early in the quarter, Seminole Ridge held Inlet Grove to only one 3-point basket, but the Hawks were unable to score themselves.
With about five minutes left in the quarter, Steveny Massillon put in a basket up the middle to narrow the lead 28-22. Zach Lewis added a 3-point basket, but Inlet Grove put in two more baskets to make the score 32-25.
Though Nick Ryan added two foul shots for the Hawks, Inlet Grove extended its lead, adding basket after basket to jump out to a 10-point lead, finishing the quarter 38-28.
Seminole Ridge stepped up its game in the fourth quarter, putting in more baskets than Inlet Grove, including a last second 3-point basket by Lewis that sank at the final buzzer. However, it was not enough to stop the Hurricanes, who pushed through to win 51-43.
The Hawks hosted Boca Raton High School on Tuesday, Jan. 8, losing 58-18. Seminole Ridge will host Glades Central High School on Friday, Jan. 11 for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Above: Seminole Ridge’s Jalen Young gets pressured by Inlet Grove defenders under the basket.