, 2014

Ups and downs mark Lancasters’
week on the boys basketball courts

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The varsity Devils improved to 5-7 overall last week but dropped to 1-2 in Northern Neck District play after splitting contests against Rappahannock and Middlesex.

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Members of the Lancaster High School junior varsity boys basketball team from left are (front row) Rodney Wiggins, Charlie Henderson, Darius Reed and Marcus Lee; (next row) Shaheem Noel, James Coleman, Jay Dillon, Santese Ball and Tyrone Wilson; (next row) Dwayne Ball, Ralph Waller, Shawn Sutton, Jamil Redmond, Trevon Henderson and Jahlil Nickens. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster added to their overall record last Saturday with a 54-48 win over the Chargers in non-district competition. However, on Friday, Rappahannock got by Lancaster, 75-72, in a district contest.

Lancaster overcame a 48-33 halftime deficit against Rappahannock to trail by eight at the end of three. Lancaster put up five unanswered in the fourth for a comeback effort that came too late.

Rappahannock took off for a 7-0 lead, courtesy of back-to-back steals, in the opening minutes and held Lancaster scoreless for two and a half minutes when Trevon Taylor finally hit two at the foul line. The Devils got a couple treys from Darrin Doggett and Devanta Stewart to keep them in the contest in the early going, but still trailed by 11, 22-11, after the first eight minutes.

The Raiders opened the second period with a 10-5 run in the first three and a half minutes to go up 32-16. But Lancaster showed some life when Ricky Gibson blocked a shot into the fifth row of the bleachers and Darik Reed sank a three. Stewart earned a pair of technicals late in the first half to exit the game early and the Raiders had a chance to open up a 40-21 lead even more with six freebies. Rappahannock sank only one of the six foul shots, however.

The Devils rallied in the third with a 23-16 run and outscored the visitors 16-11 in the fourth to fall short by three at the final.

Taylor scored 17 points to lead three double-digit scorers for Lancaster. Tyrell Henderson added 16 and Gibson 15.

Lancaster opened with a four-point lead in the first quarter and led by seven at the half last Saturday en route to its win over the Chargers.

The Devils held a 16-12 lead after one and led 29-22 at the break. Gibson led with 17 points while Henderson and Taylor scored 10 points each.

Lancaster will travel to Essex Friday, January 24, and Washington & Lee on Tuesday, January 28.

In the JV game, Lancaster blew open the game against Rappahannock at the opening buzzer last Friday, taking a 19-4 lead. The Devils cruised to a 67-23 win.

Lancaster more than tripled the Raiders first-half scoring with an 18-6 run in the second quarter for a 37-10 lead at the break.

Eleven shooters scored for Lancaster with James Coleman scoring the game-high 14 points. Darius Rich added nine for Lancaster and Jay Dillon scored eight.

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