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Gate City ‘juggernaut’ wakes, subdues Ridgeview

By KEVIN MAYS, kmays@timesnews.net • Feb 7, 2018 at 2:24 AM

GATE CITY — Gate City looked like it was ready for postseason basketball at times Tuesday.

At other times, the Blue Devils looked like a team hoping not to limp into the Mountain 7 District tournament that begins next week.

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Gate City (20-1, 12-0) overcame a slow start and used a major scoring run in the second quarter to take a 90-67 district win over Ridgeview.

“We’ve just got to get better. It’s hard to put a finger on all that stuff. These games are hard to play sometimes,” said Gate City coach Scott Vermillion.

WOLFPACK STARTS STRONG

Ridgeview (8-12, 1-10) used a balanced attack and hit three 3-point shots in the first quarter to take a 20-15 lead over the Blue Devils.

The teams played even through the first three minutes of the second quarter before Mac McClung and Zac Ervin led a scoring run that put some distance between Gate City and the Wolfpack.

“It was a chaotic game early,” Vermillion said. “I thought Ridgeview came in and executed their offense and hit shots and battled really well. Give Coach (David) Robinette credit there. Those guys were ready to play.

“We challenged them at the end of the first quarter and they responded well.”

Ridgeview held its last lead of the game at 24-23 with 5:14 left in the second quarter. Gate City outscored the ’Pack 25-4 over the remainder of the second half to take a 49-28 lead at halftime.

LET THE FUN BEGIN

The Blue Devils held a firm grip on the lead for the second half, which featured several dunks from McClung and Ervin and plenty of 3-point shots from Ridgeview, which finished the game with 11 3-pointers.

“I told my guys this was an opportunity to show people what we’re made of,” Robinette said. “I thought we represented Ridgeview very well. It’s just a juggernaut when they start coming at you, but I thought we handled ourselves very well.”

McClung finished with 43 points, Ervin added 25 and Bradley Dean scored 10. Ridgeview got 17 points from Gabe Counts, 11 from Jacob Yates and 10 from Tyler O’Quinn.

GIRLS GAME

Ridgeview outscored Gate City 17-6 in the second quarter and never looked back on the way to a 59-41 district win.

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Bailey Frazier led Ridgeview (15-6, 8-3) with 25 points and Nikole Counts came through with 15.

Gate City (9-12, 6-6) got 16 points from Tori Powers.

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