A pair of quick Brown foxes helped Ashley Ridge jump over Wando Jan. 10.
Senior Ahmad Brown drained a game-high 17 points while his twin brother, Rashad, scored 15 to lead Ashley Ridge to a 50-45 victory over visiting Wando. Ethan Hearn added 10 points for the Swamp Foxes.
Ashley Ridge jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter behind three-point shots from each Brown brother and Hearn. Wando managed to pull within 3 points of Ashley Ridge, but the Swamp Foxes went 6 of 10 at the free-throw line and received buckets from Abrien Millington and each brother before the half to take a 27-18 lead.
Wando had its most productive offensive quarter coming out of the break, but the twins combined for multiple dunks and 13 of Ashley Ridge’s 15 third-quarter points to keep the Swamp Foxes energized and carrying a 42-32 lead into the final quarter.
“Our coach talked to us and told us we had to pick it up,” Ahmad Brown said. “We needed to show them something they hadn’t seen yet. I think this win shows how we have grown as a team and we are ready for the last part of the season.”
The Warriors managed to cut the lead to 3 points again in the final minute of play, but the 8 points Ahmad Brown and Hearn combined for in the final quarter were enough to secure the win for Ashley Ridge.
“This is a good win for the school because Wando has a good program,” Ashley Ridge coach Curtis Capers said. “They are very well coached so our guys were excited and ready for this game. At halftime I told them the game was going to be won on the defensive end so we have to rebound and play sound defense. We gave up some offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter but the guys were able to get it together and hold on for the win.”
Ashley Ridge came up short the next night at James Island, falling 55-46 to the Trojans. The win avenged a loss to the Swamp Foxes earlier this season.
Ashley Ridge opens its Region 8-AAAAA schedule this week with a 10-5 record. The Swamp Foxes travel to West Ashley Jan. 17 and to Colleton County Jan. 20. They then host Fort Dorchester at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24.