The Tiger boys won their 20th win of the season in a 68-59 war over Southeast Whitfield to clinch the Region 7-AAAA North title.
The win came just four days after losing to Northwest Whitfield.
“The seniors wanted this one really bad,” Coach J.R. Jones said.
Seniors Anthony Lumpkin and Sam Coppage led Ringgold with 12 point each before fouling out in the second half.
But when the game was on the line, it was Dustin Peters who surged his team to a victory with a game high of 25 points. He was 14-of-16 from the free-throw line.
“We’ve said all year we wanted to win the sub-region,” Jones said. “I’m proud of them.”
Daniel Underwood’s lay-up cut Ringgold’s lead to 64-57 with :43 to play.
Ringgold will enter the Region 7-AAAA tournament as the No. 1 seed in the North. Southeast (15-7, 12-4) is the No. 2 seed.
The Raiders went 18-for-38 from the free-throw line against Ringgold. They were led by Marcus Jones’ 14 points and Nick White’s 13.
Tiger post Chris Blackwell finished the evening with eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Zach Ford put up eight. The senior was also honored for scoring more than 1,000 career points before the game.
Region tourney this week in Carpet City
Region 7-AAAA tournament action iss slated to begin Feb. 8 at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton.
The top two teams in the girls’ and boys’ brackets will advance to the first round of the Georgia Class AAAA state playoffs.
Play-in games for the week were scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7 for two Catoosa County teams.
The Ringgold girls (4-19, 3-14) are scheduled to play Ridgeland, while the Panther boys had to face Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The winner advances to the region tournament