, 2015

LHS varsity basketball teams win
River Rivalry Holiday Tournament

by Renss Greene

The competition between Lancaster and Middlesex got heated on the court December 28 at the first River Rivalry Holiday Tournament at LHS.

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Red Devils Tyrell Henderson (3) beats Chargers Zebulon Burrell (4) for a layup. Photo by Renss Greene

The day-long invitational included girls and boys games between Lancaster’s and Middlesex’s middle school, junior varsity and varsity teams.

Play started in the morning with the middle school teams and concluded that night with the featured varsity games, when Lancaster picked up a dual victory. The varsity Lady Devils beat Middlesex, 51-46, and the LHS boys downed the Chargers, 60-40.

The varsity girls game came briefly to blows in a close fourth quarter. Lancaster held a four-point lead, 40-36, going into the final minutes when the Lady Devils managed an 11-10 quarter for the five-point win.

Despite leaving the court early after an altercation with Middlesex’s Avis Keeling, Zyhkeia Bullock was the second-leading scorer for the Lady Devils with 13 points. Sharda Beane led the host team with 18 points.

Frustration stayed high after the scuffle and resulted in a technical foul sendoff for Charger Grace Rutkowski.

Brittin Payne led the Chargers with 14 points and Rutkowski managed 13 before exiting early.

The varsity Red Devils controlled the court for four quarters in the boys game to pick up their third win of the season.

The Red Devils helped themselves at the line, hitting 56% of their foul shots or 13-of-23. Tyrell Henderson hit seven of those free shots and finished as the high scorer for Lancaster with 13. Henderson led three double-digit scorers for LHS, which got 11 points from Trevon Taylor and 10 from RayQuawn Ball.

Marquez Holmes and Jacob Self scored 12 points each to lead Middlesex, which was held to single-digit scoring in both of the opening quarters. Lancaster took a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, then held the Chargers to a lone field goal by Brett Carter in the second for an 11-2 run to take a 27-11 lead at the break.

Lancaster is now 3-5 overall.

In the JV girls game, Middlesex handed Lancaster its first loss of the season, 33-26.

Skylar Henderson scored 13 points to lead Lancaster and did all the work for the Lady Devils in the third quarter. Henderson scored all six of Lancaster’s points in the third and five of her team’s 10 in a fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

The Lady Devils trailed by two, 12-10, at the half before Middlesex opened the lead to 11 with a 15-6 run in the third to seal the win.

The JV Lady Devils are now 5-1.

Prior to the holiday break, Lancaster’s varsity boys picked up their second win of the season December 19 with a 62-44 victory over Nandua.

The Devils took control in the first quarter with a 20-5 run to open and held a more than comfortable 39-13 lead at the half.

Henderson scored 14 points and Darrin Doggett added 12 as the leading scorers for the Devils.

Charles City rode a big first-half lead to a 72-62 win over Lancaster’s varsity Lady Devils on December 18.

The Lady Panthers were up by 14, 44-30, at the half before Lancaster made a third-quarter run, 18-10, to cut the lead to six. Charles City put up five unanswered in the fourth to hold on for the win.

Beane had the game-high 27 points and scored 10 of Lancaster’s 18 points in the third quarter. Beane also had a big first quarter, scoring nine of Lancaster’s 18 in that period.

Aaliyah Morris-Lee chipped in 21 points for the Devils and scored seven points in the first and another six in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Charles City had four players in double digits with Cheyenne Davis scoring 21 to lead and Jessica Hill scoring 20.

Nia Curry scored 15 points as the only double-digit scorer in the game to lead Lancaster’s JV girls team to a 30-18 win over Charles City on December 18.

Lancaster got off to a slow start against the Panthers, taking a 4-2 lead in a low-scoring first quarter. Curry and Kevilyn Harcum had the only field goals for the Devils in the opening minutes. Lancaster held a 13-7 lead at the break, then managed only three points off a trey by Curry in the third and allowed Charles City to pull within three, 16-13.

Curry scored six points and Harcum and Diamond Taylor added four each in the fourth when the Devils went on a 14-5 run.

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