Softball fights their way into 6-4A Semi-finals

All it took was two games (11-5, 4-1) for the Lady Panther Softball team to fight their way into 6-4A semi-finals against county rivals, the Ramblers. The Lady Panthers are in the number one seed (16-7) and they will host the winner of the Heritage and Northwest game.

  • Ridgeland 11, LaFayette 5

The Lady Panthers quickly took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and collected 5 more runs in the second inning. LaFayette quickly bounced back with a five run inning. Morgan Crawford provided 2 runs with her sixth home run of the year. Allison Wallin worked into the sixth inning, and was then subbed out for Crawford, who finished the game. Haley Sandridge had an amzing game, going 4 for 4 with a single, 2 doubles and a triple. Kiera Foster had two singles and add to Ridgeland’s 13 hits.

  • Ridgeland 4, LaFayette 1

Ciera Foster got a RBI single in the top first, but LaFayette quicly battled back and scored a solo run on an RBI single by Yancy. Katie Carruth scored a home run on a groundout by Sandridge. Davis helped out in the sixth inning by making an outstanding diving catch in foul territory to prevent LaFayette from scoring. But things got real in the fifth inning when singles hit by Hannah Blevins and Marquila Howell and a bunt by Mckenzie Houge  loaded the bases. Crawford struck out Madison Harris, but Kayleigh Goff managed to hit a high chopper that landed just perfectly to bounce off the plate. The Lady Panther catcher Cortney Mooneyham caught the ball and forced Blevins to be out and then threw the ball to Grayson James at first base for the inning-ending double play.

The Lady Panthers will advance and play the winner of the Heritage v.s. Northwest game right here at home.




Volleyball Senior Night

It was senior night here at Ridgeland for the Lady Panther Volleyball team. There are nine seniors on the team this year, six who have played together since they were in middle school.

The two team captions are Te’a Owens (out side hitter) and Taylor Williams (setter). The rest of the seniors are Shanna Burk (defensive specialist), Jesse Owens (defensive specialist), Morgen Simmons (defensive specialist), Haleigh Fogtman (middle hitter), Jamese Miller (outside hitter), Shelby Medlin (defensive specialist), and Zady Carden (middle hitter).

Ridgeland, the eighth-ranked team started the night off with a 25-17, 25-20 win over sixth-ranked team LFO. While Ridgeland had a sweet victory over LFO, they just fell short of the win against Gordon Lee.

“Obviously you don’t want to lose on Senior Night, but to get a chance to play a really good team like Gordon Lee before we have to go into our area tournament may end up beings a blessing for us. I know I have a team that can compete, but it just depends on if that team shows up this weekend. LaFayette will be tough to beat, especially at their place,” says head coach April Lemonds.

Te’a Owens finished the night with 27 kills, 20 digs, and six aces, while Taylor Williams had 44 assists. Haleigh Fogtman added 16 kills, while Zady Carden and Jamese Miller both had seven kills each. Along with the offense, defense was on fire as well. Morgen Simmons recorded 16 digs, followed by Jesse Owens who had nine digs, Shelby Medlin with eight, and Shanna Burk with six.