, 2015

Red Devils freeze Drifters,
65-56, 51-26, back-to-back

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

After getting off to a slow start, Lancaster opened up a one-point halftime lead in the third and went on to beat Colonial Beach, 65-56, in a varsity boys basketball game last Friday.

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Lancaster’s Trevon Taylor goes up for a lay-in on a fast break against Colonial Beach in varsity action. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Thanks to two snowstorms in seven days, the game was Lancaster’s fourth Northern Neck District game of the season. And the season is almost over. The Conference #43 tournament, which includes the Northern Neck teams and Rappahannock County, begins on February 18.

Lancaster needs to squeeze three make-up games into the schedule before then.

Last Friday’s meeting was the second between the Drifters and the Devils. Lancaster won the first, its district opener, by three points. The varsity Devils are now 2-2 in the district and 6-7 overall.

After four minutes of play, the contest was tied at 2-2. The Devils rallied with a 10-4 run in the final four minutes of the first quarter and were up 14-7 in the second when they allowed the Drifters to get back into the game with seven unanswered points to lock the contest at 14-14. Colonial Beach took a short-lived lead, 16-14, before the two teams traded shots for a 22-21 Lancaster lead at the half.

The Devils outscored the visitors 25-28 in the third and held on through an even fourth quarter for the win.

Trevon Taylor had the big game for the Devils, scoring 26 points to lead three double-digit scorers. He did most of his work in the second half when he scored 22 points.

Darrin Doggett and RayQuawn Ball scored 10 points each for Lancaster.

Four of Colonial Beach’s five scorers finished in double digits. Montie Gould had 16 points.

The Devils will travel to Warsaw to play Rappahannock on Friday, February 7.

In the junior varsity game, 12 of Lancaster’s 14 players scored in a balanced effort last Friday to whip Colonial Beach, 51-26.

James Coleman, the only Lancaster shooter reaching double digits, tallied 13 points. He did all of his work in the first three quarters, scoring five in the first and six in the third.

Lancaster got seven points from Darius Reed and five from Charlie Henderson.

The Devils opened up a four-point first-quarter lead with a 12-3 run in the second, then outscored the visitors 29-16 in the second half.

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