ROSE RIDGE — In Mountain 7 basketball action, any coach will tell you that the winner of the game will be the team who truly shows up to play. On Friday night, the Lady Bears never really got out of the starting gate the Lady Wolfpack was that team 58-38.

Nikole Counts got Ridgeview started as she scored the first four points of the game. At the end of one, the score was 16-4 in favor of the Lady Wolfpack.

“We had a game plan for them, and it worked. We knew that Emili (Brooks) and Heather (Lipps) were going to be shooting the ball and Jayda (Smith) would be going back and forth on the post,” Counts said.

“Well they made enough to stay around, but early on our pressure made them rush a few shots,” Ridgeview head coach Donnie Frazier said.

Coach Frazier was quick to credit a strong Union defense. “We knew we had to score in transition because once they set that zone up, it is always hard to penetrate that team,” Frazier said. “Every time Bailey (Frazier) even touched the ball, they were swarming her.”

From that point forward, Union attempted to corral 2A player of the year, Bailey Frazier. They were able to limit her to only eight points. But, she was still able to command the floor, dishing out assists and drawing double and triple coverage to free up other members of the Ridgeview team. A balanced attack on the night saw Counts, Hailey Sutherland and Brooke Frazier in double digits and eight team members on the scoreboard.

Coach Frazier was quick to credit a strong Union defense. “We knew we had to score in transition because once they set that zone up, it is always hard to penetrate that team,” Frazier said. “Every time Bailey (Frazier) even touched the ball, they were swarming her.”

Freshman Hailey Sutherland has really stepped up this year coming off the bench. She gives the Lady Wolfpack height and strong shooting and was the second leading scorer on the night.

“This means a lot to me, especially getting to play with such great players. We have really great coaches and leaders on the team. I just knew tonight I needed to be there and be involved,” Sutherland said.

The Lady Bears were able to narrow the gap to 11 points at halftime 27-16. In the end, the Lady Wolfpack’s balanced attack and full court press gave Union more than they could handle.

Emili Brooks led Union in scoring with 21 points. Desi Brooks contributed seven.

Counts and Brooke Frazier led Ridgeview with 13 points each. Counts had six steals and Frazier had six rebounds. Hailey Sutherland had 10 points and seven rebounds. Bailey Frazier had eight points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Hannah Dotson contributed eight points.

These two teams will play again at Union on Wednesday, January 23 in a make-up game.

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