After years of falling short, the Ridgeview girls basketball team finally beat its greatest nemesis.
Spurred on by an aggressive pressure defense, the Wolf Pack downed visiting Stockdale 64-38 in non-league action on Tuesday night.
Stockdale (2-7) came into the game with a record of 15-0 against Ridgeview since the 2004-05 season, the farthest back the history of the rivalry is documented. Wolf Pack coach Michael Martin said he believes Tuesday night's victory is the first-ever for Ridgeview over Stockdale in girls basketball.
"I talked to the girls today about making history tonight by beating Stockdale," Martin said. "This is huge for us."
Mikaela Gonzalez had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and Dana Degraffenreid added 8 points and 8 rebounds for Ridgeview, which jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and never trailed.
"We've been wanting Stockdale for a while since we lost to them last year in their tournament championship," Gonzalez said. "And we finally got them."
Ridgeview (5-7) harassed a young Mustangs team, featuring just one returning starter from last year, into 41 turnovers.
Stockdale went more than 17 minutes, starting early in the second quarter, without making a single field goal.
"The same pressure they used on us over the years, we used it back on them tonight," Martin said.
"Made them play full-court, handle the ball. We just fouled too much tonight."
The Mustangs made only five shots from the field. Ridgeview had that many or more in every quarter.
"I feel that we got out-hustled, out-toughed," Stockdale first-year coach Davion Bruce said.
"Ridgeview is a real physical, aggressive team and we didn't fight back. We pretty much got bullied tonight."
Destiny Greenwood led Stockdale with 13 points, including 10 on free throws.
Free throws were the only thing that kept the Mustangs reasonably close.
Stockdale finished 27 of 37 (73-percent) from the foul line.
Thanks to a huge rebounding advantage and 15 fewer turnovers, Ridgeview took more than double the number of shots from the field than Stockdale did.
The Wolf Pack finished 25 of 69 (36-percent) from the floor while Stockdale was 5 of 30 (17-percent).
Jackie Tofoya tallied 10 points and five steals and Aubrey Stone chipped in 10 points for Ridgeview.