Ridgefield girls come back in season opener at Prairie High School


The Spudders girls basketball team found themselves down to the Prairie Falcons but came out on top, 47-39, to open the season on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

For the week, the Falcons landed at 0-2 after a 55-49 loss to Hudson’s Bay High School on Friday, Dec. 1.

“We got to capitalize on mistakes and get better at not making mistakes,” Prairie head coach Mike Smith said after the loss to Ridgefield. “I think we only scored maybe six points in the second half. We can’t do that to win games. We got to get better defensively, too.”

The Falcons squad is young with only three seniors compared with Ridgefield’s five seniors.

For Ridgefield, the win against a bigger school felt great, head coach Lauren Hefflin said.

“I think our big thing was composure and physicality,” Hefflin said. “I think they didn’t let the lack of shots falling in the first half deter them from the ultimate mission, and then the tables kind of turned at that point, and they stayed true to it and it turned out.”

Hefflin added that she’s looking forward to the team building more chemistry as the season progresses. Due to the Spudders girls soccer team’s historic state championship run, a few players joined late, Hefflin said.

The Spudders played at Skyview High School on Monday, Dec. 4. Results were unavailable at time of print. They host Fort Vancouver High School at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for their first home game of the season.

The Falcons played a conference matchup with Mountain View High School on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Results were unavailable at time of print. They next travel to Kelso High School for a 7 p.m. matchup on Friday, Dec. 8.