January 16, 2008 Edition

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Zebras sweep Ridgefield Christian

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Black Rock's Chris Richardson poured in 24 points to lead the Zebras to a 51-44 win over Ridgefield Christian Friday night at Jonesboro.

The game was close from the outset, with Black Rock holding leads of 10-8 after the first quarter, 27-23 at halftime and 37-30 after three quarters.

Richardson also pulled down five rebounds for the Zebras. Ben Walker followed with 13 points, six boards, an assist and two steals. Les Foster contributed seven points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Garrett Maronde notched three points, five rebounds and an assist. J.J. Nunally recorded two points and three rebounds, and Adam Whitmire had two points, six rebounds and an assist.

In the junior boys game, Black Rock ran out to a 24-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back, en route to a 54-15 win.

Joe Paul Carey led the junior Zebras with 14 points, two rebounds and an assist. Trent Morledge contributed 11 points, three rebounds and two steals. Tadd Fore recorded six points, a rebound, four assists and seven steals. Hunter Horton had six points, five rebounds and an assist.

Korliss Moore added four points and had three rebounds. Tyler Newell added four points and had a rebound and a steal. Tyler Roby chipped in two points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Matthew Stewart closed with two rebounds, and Cody Clairday had a rebound.

Weiner

The Zebras traveled to Weiner on Jan. 8 and dropped a hard-fought 72-65 overtime contest to the Cardinals.

Black Rock took a 14-12 first-quarter lead over the Cardinals. With both teams hammering the boards, the match was tied 23-23 at the halftime break.

Weiner hit the court and grabbed a 40-35 third quarter lead. The final quarter was grueling for the fans, as the teams were tied 53-53 at the end of regulation play. The Cardinals proved to be too strong in the overtime period and claimed the win.

Black Rock had three players in double digits, with Nunally leading the way with 22 points, eight rebounds and an assist. Maronde followed with 19 points, two rebounds and four assists. Richardson added 11 points, two boards and two assists.

Foster contributed six points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Whitmire notched four points and a rebound, and Walker closed with three points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal.

The Black Rock junior high boys lost to Weiner 43-32.

Armorel

The Zebras suffered a 68-37 loss at Armorel on Jan. 4.

Armorel took an early 19-3 first quarter lead. Black Rock failed to find their footing and trailed 42-12 at halftime.

Armorel continued to dominate the action, as the Zebras trailed 66-29. The final quarter began with the mercy rule in effect, as Armorel took the win.

Foster led Black Rock with 20 points. Richardson added 10 points, and J.J. Nunally contributed three. Cager Ridge and Whitmire closed with two points each.

The Black Rock junior high boys defeated Ridgefield Christian 58-35.

The Black Rock led 9-3 at the end of the first quarter, 26-12 at halftime and 45-21 after three quarters.

Carey led the junior Zebras with 13 points, and Khris Foster followed with 12. Morledge contributed 11 points, and Newell had 11 points and seven boards. Fore notched seven points. Roby added three points, and Horton closed with a free throw.

Bradford

Black Rock defeated Bradford 57-44 on Jan. 3.

Foster led the Zebras with 18 points, and Richardson followed with 14. Nunally added nine points. Walker and Whitmire notched six points each, and Maronde chipped in four. Jonathan Rice recorded two points, and Ridge closed with a free throw.

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