, 2014

Devils roster makes up in speed
and heart what it lacks in depth

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

After dominating the district, region and state for a Group A title just a few years ago, Lancaster High's varsity basketball team is off to a rocky start in a rebuilding year.

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From left, members of Lancaster High’s varsity basketball team are Rasu Henderson, Devonte Haskins, RayQuawn Ball, Trevon Taylor, Darik Reed, Tyrell Henderson, DeVante Stewart, Ricky Gibson, and Darrin Doggett. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

"We're small in stature, small in numbers and we're young," said LHS coach Tim Rice. 

The Devils are 1-5 to start the season and picked up their first win, 53-48, over Mathews last Tuesday. 

"We felt as if we won the state again," joked Rice, who, after having two players with technical fouls, didn't make any substitutions in the second half. 

"I only had eight guys against Mathews and played the same five the whole second half," he said. "And they played their hearts out."

The Devils aren't deep on the bench as they have been in past years. In fact, with nine players on the roster, Rice only has four subs from which to choose. Get a few players injured or in foul trouble and Rice is in tro trouble

"But we are quick and our defense is pretty good," he said. "Plus the effort has been good."

Rice only has one returning starter in senior guard Ricky Gibson. Senior forward Trevon Taylor (6'1") and senior center Devonte Haskins (6'1") also return and give the Devils some height. Junior guard DaVante Stewart was pulled up to varsity from JV late last season so he also has some varsity playing experience.

Gibson, Taylor, Stewart, junior forward Tyrell Henderson and freshman guard RayQuawn Ball will fill the starting spots, although Rice may change up his starting five at various times. 

Also playing in the guard spot will be sophomores Darrin Doggett, Rasu Henderson and Darik Reed. 

Doggett and Stewart led Lancaster's shooters against Mathews, combining for 28 points. Doggett finished with 15 and Stewart 13. 

Taylor had the big game in Lancaster's 68-49 loss to Group AA Nandua last Saturday. He scored 18 points and T. Henderson had 12. 

West Point defeated Lancaster, 56-46, last Thursday with Ball and Reed leading the scorers with 14 points each. 

Lancaster will host Nandua tomorrow night (December 20) and take next week off for the holiday break. The Devils return to the court Saturday, December 28, when Lancaster hosts Middlesex in the day-long River Rivalry invitational for middle school, JV and varsity girls and boys teams. 

VARSITY SCHEDULE 

Dec. 20      Nandua 

Dec. 28       River Rivalry 

Jan. 1          Washington & Lee 

Jan. 10         at Colonial Beach 

Jan. 17         Rappahannock 

Jan. 18         at Middlesex

Jan. 21         Northumberland

Jan. 24         at Essex 

Jan. 31         Colonial Beach 

Feb. 4           at Northumberland 

Feb. 7           at Rappahannock 

Feb. 14         Essex 

Feb. 18-22    Conference Tournament 


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