Catawba Ridge’s Morgan Davis pushes the ball up the court during the Copperheads game against York Wednesday night.

The Catawba Ridge Lady Copperheads tore through the York Cougars for a 45-22 win in Wednesday night’s game.

After a slow start by both teams, Morgan Davis scored the first points of the game at the five-minute mark of the first period. The Copperheads turned the ball over a lot in the quarter, but York failed to take advantage of the situation.

Both teams were often called for traveling in the first quarter as Catawba Ridge led 9-0 after the opening period.

The Copperheads opened the second quarter on a 10-0 to go up 19-1. York hit just two field goals the entire first half as Catawba Ridge went into the locker room up 19-5.

The Copperheads continued to push the pace opening the third quarter. Catawba Ridge scored the first 16 points of the period to go up 35-5.

The win was a key one for Catawba Ridge as they improve their position in the Region 3-4A hunt for a playoff spot.

“We have put ourselves in a good position,” said Catawba Ridge girls head coach Sheridan Pressley. “We have to come out and do what we are supposed to do.”

York played better in the final period, but Davis kept Catawba Ridge moving along dropping in 10 of her 22 points in the game.

The Lady Copperheads improved to 4-3 in the region and 6-16 overall.

Copperheads steamroll Cougars

The Catawba Ridge Copperheads boys team steamroll York winning 75-45 Wednesday night.

Catawba Ridge started five seniors, some of which usually come off the bench, and didn’t lose a step against York.

York however was able to keep pace with a fast-moving Copperheads team as Catawba Ridge led by just two at 13-11 after the first quarter.

With their usual starters in the game to open the second quarter, the Copperheads got off to the fast start that their fan base is used to as they opened the period on a 11-0 run before a York timeout.

The Cougars would score, but couldn’t match the pace of Catawba Ridge.

Zyan Hager and Lance Barnes would take over in the second quarter scoring 21 of the Copperheads 24 points as Catawba Ridge led at the half 37-20.

“We weren’t exactly where we wanted to be early on as far as our rhythm,” said Copperheads boys head coach Brett Childers. “We started to look more familiar in the second half.”

Both teams matched each other basket for basket to open the second half. Barnes started hitting shots for the Copperheads to open the scoring more for Catawba Ridge. That allowed them to push their lead over 20 points to go up 56-35.

The pace slowed in the fourth as the Copperheads went on to win by 30. Barnes finished with 20 points and Hager finished with 21 points. Landon Foley added 11 points.

Catawba Ridge improved to 20-2 and 7-0 in the region. Up next for the Copperheads is a home game against Lancaster Friday, Feb. 2.

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Landon Foley looks to make a move on a York defender during Catawba Ridge’s game Wednesday night.