MELBOURNE — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves aren’t ready for baseball just yet. They have a state tournament trip to plan.
The Wolves took advantage of a cold, and sloppy Lisa Academy team and upset the top seed 48-32 in the first round of the 2A Central Region at Melbourne High School on Wednesday.
“We got off to a good start,” Cedar Ridge head coach Macolm Long said. “We knew they were very streaky from the perimeter. We wanted to do everything we could to keep them out of the lane. They got in there some, but we did a good job of forcing them to shoot the three.”
A jumper by Cedar Ridge’s Michael Smart in the game’s first minute set a tone.
The Jaguars missed their first three shots and fell behind 4-0 after Aaron Copeland’s putback for the Wolves.
The Jaguars didn’t get on the board until after their head coach called timeout with 4:59 to go.
By then Cedar Ridge (9-13) led 6-0 thanks to a baseline jumper by Hunter McKinney.
A layup by Corey Gaines was the Jags’ first points and field goal.
McKinney, who led the Wolves with 24 points, hit on the baseline again after a spin move putting the Wolves up 8-2.
After a steal by T.J. Jasper, the Jags had three chances to cut the Wolves’ lead to one, but missed all three times from point-blank range.
In the final three minutes, neither team could hit a shot. The Wolves remained ahead at the buzzer 8-5.
It was nearly three minutes into the second before anyone scored. Jasper’s foul shot followed by a drive from Smart kept the Wolves in front 10-6 with four and a half minutes to go in the first half.
Jerrit Pectol then scored five straight by himself on two straight trips. The first on a drive through the lane and again from beyond the arc. That put Cedar Ridge up by nine points.
McKinney’s drive and free throw put Cedar Ridge up by eight which is where things stood at the half at 20-12.
Suddenly, the tables turned a bit in the third quarter.
Lisa Academy, specifically, Jasper, scored three straight. With a spark on the offensive end, came pressure on defense.
But the Wolves were able to stay a step or two ahead. A three in the corner by Pectol put the Wolves up by nine points at 25-16.
McKinney scored five straight on his own including a drive and a foul shot that gave Cedar Ridge their largest lead at 30-19 with under two minutes to play in the third.
The Jaguars closed out the quarter with five straight to cut Cedar Ridge’s cushion to six at 30-24 going into the fourth.
McKinney began to heat up from the floor. He hit three straight, all on drives to the basket putting Cedar Ridge up by 12 with 5:06 to play.
That lead didn’t shrink to single digits again.
The 32 points was by far the lowest output for the Jaguars all season. A contributing factor was Lisa Academy’s 10 misses from the foul line. The Jags finish the season at 20-8.
Lady Wolves fall in first round
Big runs to start each quarter by the Bigelow Lady Panthers ended the season for the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves who fell 72-34.
Madi Rider led Cedar Ridge with 16 points. She scored seven of the Lady Timberwolves’ points in the first quarter.
Bigelow started the morning with a 10-0 run and led 24-9 after the first quarter buzzer.
The Lady Panthers topped that to open the second quarter scoring 13 straight points to open that quarter.
With just under three minutes to play, the Lady Timberwolves were down 42-12, a margin that would qualify for the mercy rule in the fourth quarter.
Bigelow held a 47-19 lead going into the locker room.
While Bigelow’s run to open the third wasn’t as large as the previous two periods, they did open outscoring the Lady Timberwolves 11-4.
Cedar Ridge was down by 40 in the final seconds of the third until an inside bucket by 24 at the buzzer.
But the damage was done and the mercy rule was intact throughout the fourth quarter.