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Hinson’s career-high 18 points return Lady Raiders to win column

Senior C'Nedra Hinson shoots a three-pointer during the first quarter of Friday's win. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

RAEFORD — A career performance from senior guard C’Nedra Hinson gave the Lady Raiders the boost they needed to return to the win column on Friday. 

Netting 18 points, Hinson’s efforts led to a 45-35 win over Hoke County High School. She scored the Lady Raiders’ first and final points in the victory.

Richmond used seven other scorers to remain in fourth place of the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings. 

Head coach Teddy Moseley credited the team with being able to jump out to a fast start and sustain scoring runs in the second half.

Hoke County took an early 6-0 lead, taking advantage of missed opportunities by Richmond around the basket. But Hinson connected on a pair of free throws after driving the lane to start a 15-2 run the rest of the quarter with 4:37 to play.

Senior Nyla Stroman scored two of her seven points to cut the deficit, Hinson added another free throw and junior C’Niya Hinson gave Richmond a 7-6 lead with a pair of foul shots at the 4:19 mark.

Adding onto the scoring run, Stroman found the hoop on another second-chance opportunity. C’Nedra Hinson rounded out her nine first-quarter points with a pair of triples from the right corner.

Hoke County (2-19, 0-9 SAC) managed to outscore Richmond 12-5 in the second period to take a 20-20 tie into the break.

C’Niya Hinson netted the final of her four points on a baseline drive, with senior Kyla Sampson adding a three-pointer near the halfway point.

Keeping the Lady Bucks within range was Lailah Crowder, who scored six of her 11 points in the second. Kayeliana Bonner, who led the team with 12 points, scored four points.

Head coach Teddy Moseley talks to senior Nyla Stroman during Friday’s win. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

The Lady Raiders responded with a 9-4 scoring stretch during the third quarter. C’Nedra Hinson scored the first three points on a free throw and a floater in the paint. 

A Stroman foul shot and a mid-range jumper by freshman Olivia Brown, her two points in the win, maintained a 26-22 lead.

Sophomore Quanna Bostic got on the board with a drive with 1:50 to play and C’Nedra Hinson tacked on a free throw to give the Lady Raiders a 29-24 lead at the buzzer.

Four Lady Raiders would find the basket in the fourth quarter, part of a 16-9 spurt that completed the season sweep of Hoke County.

Freshman J’Nasia Neal netted all seven of her points in the final stanza, scoring two free throws, a triple and a baseline drive.

C’Nedra Hinson notched her final of three three-pointers and iced the game with a pair of free throws with 51.4 seconds left.

Adding two points each were Stroman in transition and junior Makailah Jackson, who fired an offensive rebound off the glass.

The Lady Raiders (8-11, 5-4 SAC) will try to make it two consecutive wins on Tuesday at fifth-place Union Pines High School (6-10, 3-4 SAC). 

During the teams’ first meeting earlier this month, Richmond earned a 39-38 victory. Play will begin at 6 p.m.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.