ROCKINGHAM — A full week of Richmond Senior High School basketball will continue with the Lady Raiders on Wednesday and Thursday.
Like the boys’ team, the girls’ program will hold a two-day home jamboree to kick off its summer campaign.
Head coach Teddy Moseley, who’s preparing for his fifth full season at the head of the program, put together the tournament to give his team and others a chance to develop over the summer.
“The whole point is to just try to get some more experience,” Moseley said. “It can be tough to find local jamborees for girls basketball, so I wanted to give our girls and other teams a chance to play this summer.
“We are still going to be a young team,” he added. “We lost Jai’Maya Ratliff (to graduation) and we’re trying to fill the void of losing some other players. This is an opportunity to try and fill in some of those places.”
The Lady Raiders jamboree will feature seven teams — Kannapolis, Knightdale, Pine Forest, Red Springs, Richmond, Southern Lee and Union Pines. Eight games will be played both days in Richmond’s gym.
Moseley said Richmond will field two teams, splitting his varsity squad in half and mixing in some junior varsity players. Pine Forest will also have two teams.
Tentatively, Richmond will play Knightdale (12:45 p.m.), Red Springs (3 p.m.), Pine Forest (4:30 p.m.) and Red Springs again (5:15 p.m.) on Wednesday.
That will be followed by scrimmages against Kannapolis (12 p.m.), Union Pines (2:15 p.m.) and Pine Forest (5:15 p.m.) on Thursday.
All games will feature two 20-minute halves with a running clock. The clock will stop inside the final two minutes of each half, and teams will be awarded four 30-second timeouts each game.
Scoring will be kept using two and three-point shots, and shooters must attempt all free throws.
“Defense is our focus this summer,” Moseley explained. “We’re going to be working on being in the right spots at the right times.
“We have some size coming up from JV and with rising ninth graders, so we’ll look to put the right pieces together. This summer is all about seeing what works well and improving upon areas that need it.”
Following the home jamboree, Moseley and the Lady Raiders will play in an event next week at Union Pines.
Moseley said there’s also a possibility of playing at Gray’s Creek High School later this month.
Open to the public, admission to the Lady Raiders’ jamboree will be $5 a person and go toward the basketball team’s general fund.