A confrontation on the court that cleared the benches resulted in five player suspensions for Lancaster. Rappahannock also had players suspended.
Two LHS players were suspended for two games each, while three received one game suspensions. The suspensions were made following a report by the officials association refereeing the game, according to Rice.
The 73-61 win over Rappahannock last Friday actually moved Lancaster into first place in the Northern Neck District. However, Washington & Lee defeated Lancaster, 63-55, Monday to move the Devils into a tie for first with the Eagles.
Lancaster and Rappahannock had played to a 37-37 halftime tie, then traded shots in the third to knot the game at 53-53 heading into the fourth quarter, when the Devils went on a 20-8 run to blow the game open.
With about 30 seconds remaining in the game, words were exchanged and a scuffle ensued, which cleared both the Raider and Devil benches.
Rice lost three of his starters for Monday night's W&L game, two of whom also were suspended for the Northumberland game on February 11.
With only nine players on this year's team, Rice was left with four players for the W&L game and was forced to pull up two JV players, Trevor Henderson and James Coleman to fill out his roster.
Tyrell Henderson, Darrin Doggett and Darik Reed led the Devils against the Eagles, scoring 12 points each, while Coleman added 11.
"I had three sophomores and two freshmen on the court," said Rice. "That has never happened, having that young of a squad on the floor."
Rice added how proud he was of Coleman and Tr. Henderson. "They played like they'd been playing with us all the time," he said. "Really, all the guys played their butts off."
The Devils had trailed by only two at the end of the first quarter but let the game get away from them when Washington & Lee went on a 23-14 run in the second.
Ty. Henderson and Trevon Taylor led the Devils' offense last Friday against Rappahannock, scoring 22 points each. Ty. Henderson hit 10-of-13 free throws for 76 percent. Ricky Gibson chipped in 11 points for the Devils.
Kelvante Ellis scored 17 points and Marcus Byrd 12 to lead the Raiders.
Lancaster was 8-8 overall and 4-3 in the district heading into the final three regular season games this week. The Devils are supposed to end the season at home against Essex on Friday, February 14, and start Conference #43 tournament play Tuesday, February 18. Barring any major upsets, Lancaster should have a high seed in the tournament and host a first round game Tuesday.