ROCKINGHAM — Following the Lady Raiders’ first meeting with Lee County High School on Jan. 10, head coach Teddy Moseley said the Lady Yellow Jackets weren’t 23 points better than his team.
That proved to be true on Friday, as the Lady Raiders evened their season series with Lee County High School.
Relying on the efforts of seniors Kyla Sampson (13 points) and C’Nedra Hinson (12 points) , Richmond secured a 47-33 victory.
A trio of players — Hinson, Sampson and Nyla Stroman — were also recognized on senior night for their contributions over the past couple of years.
The second and fourth quarters proved to be imperative to the Lady Raiders’ win, as they outscored Lee County 35-10 between the two periods.
Both teams had several missed opportunities in the first and second quarters before Richmond broke it open in the final stanza. After the opening eight minutes, the Lady Raiders trailed 5-4.
Kelyce McSwain recorded all of Lee County’s points on two buckets and a free throw. Stroman scored the first two points for Richmond on a drive.
Netting the other two points for the Lady Raiders was sophomore point guard Jamyia Lindsey.
Making her season debut, and playing for the first time since July due to an ACL injury, Lindsey grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a floater in the paint with 29 seconds left.
The second quarter belonged to Richmond, which went on an 11-1 run to take a 15-6 lead into the break.
Sophomore Quanna Bostic made a steal and an easy transition bucket in the first minute. After a free throw by Kaleah Cotton tied it 6-6, the Lady Raiders closed on a 9-0 run.
Sampson scored six points during that stretch, splashing down a pair of three-pointers. Junior Makailah Jackson, one of 10 players to score in the win, added a free throw in between Sampson’s shots.
Junior Jamia Crowder muscled her way past a defender for a shot and her two points with eight seconds left in the half.
Lee County (12-6, 5-5 SAC) rallied to take an 18-15 lead in the third before Richmond scored its first point of the second half, courtesy of a free throw by freshman J’Nasia Neal.
Junior C’Niya Hinson hit a mid-range jumper in the paint to knot the game at 18 points, and C’Nedra Hinson answered with the first of her 12 second-half points with a three-pointer to make it 21-21.
Stroman netted her final of four points on a jumper, but a shot from Gillian Garrison gave the Lady Yellow Jackets a 24-23 lead heading into the fourth.
Calling on Sampson and C’Nedra Hinson, along with Lindsey, the three players combined for 21 points in the final eight minutes.
C’Nedra Hinson started with a three-pointer and added a baseline drive on the next possession to give Richmond a 28-26 lead, one it would hold for good.
Sampson scored the next seven points for the Lady Raiders, notching two free throws, a floater and a three-pointer. C’Nedra Hinson’s final three-ball of the game made it 38-31 with 2:38 left.
Lindsey looked much like she did during her All-SAC player of the year freshman season late in the game, hitting a jumper, a drive and a pair of shots from the line for the final of her eight points.
Icing the win was a C’Nedra Hinson free throw and a putback by freshman Olivia Brown just before the buzzer.
McSwain led the fifth-place Lady Yellow Jackets with 10 points, Cherish Smith scored 9 points and Cotton chipped in 7 points.
The third-place Lady Raiders (9-12, 6-5 SAC) will look to stay in playoff contention with two more road games next week to close the regular season.
Richmond will travel to non-conference Pine Forest on Monday and conference opponent Scotland on Friday. Both games will begin at 6 p.m.
Note: A separate article will be published with senior night photos from the Richmond boys’ and girls’ basketball games.