WOODSTOCK — River Ridge’s girls basketball team saw its postseason run come to an end Friday night.
Two-time returning state champion Westlake handed River Ridge its most lopsided loss of the season Friday night, winning 68-30 to advance to the Class AAAAAA state championship.
Westlake (20-0), coming off a pair of Class AAAAAAA titles before moving down a classification, will play Carrollton for the title next Friday at the Macon Coliseum.
River Ridge (27-4) saw a 20-game winning streak snapped as it got off to a rough start with more turnovers (5) than points (4) as it faced a 15-point deficit at the end of the first quarter.
“We just did not shoot the ball well tonight,” River Ridge coach Jason Taylor said. “We got some good looks, but we just didn’t capitalize on them. Live-ball turnovers also hurt us in the end tonight.”
Westlake continued to expand its lead to 23 as its zone defense caused a lot of problems for River Ridge, which only mustered 13 points by halftime. The Lady Knights scored no more than nine points in a quarter and were down by 33 at the end of three quarters.
Sophomore Mataya Grace had a team-high 12 points for River Ridge.
Despite the loss, Taylor reflected on the season the Lady Knights had. Previously, the program’s longest playoff run was a quarterfinal push in 2013.
“We won 20 games straight up until tonight,” Taylor said. “We beat some really good teams along the way and ran into a better team tonight. Give all the credit to Westlake. This will make us better, stronger and a more complete team as we come back next year to go at state title again.”
Taylor also credited his senior players’ leadership.
“Where they came from their sophomore year — to winning just four games to now only losing four games — is a testament to the growth of the team,” he said. “I thanked the seniors for their leadership.”
Raven Johnson scored a game-high 22 points for Westlake.