ROCKINGHAM — A goal over the next three weeks for the Lady Raider basketball team is to get back to the same level of play from two seasons ago.
The Richmond Senior High School girls’ basketball program has a full slate of summer tournaments and camps, which will begin this weekend.
Head coach Teddy Moseley admitted the 2022-23 season wasn’t the final result he or the players wanted, but now with injuries healed and some familiar faces rejoining the team, he hopes things will fall right back in line.
The Lady Raiders will participate in five team camps or jamborees between now and the end of the month. Moseley expects Richmond to play between 20 and 22 summer league games.
Lady Raider Basketball Summer Schedule
June 10: Cheraw High School Jamboree (Cheraw, S.C.)
June: 13: Lady Raider Jamboree (Rockingham, N.C.)
June 15-16: Rise Live Event (Winston-Salem, N.C)
June 20: Campbell University (team camp)
June 23: UNC-Charlotte (team camp)
On Saturday, Richmond will travel to Cheraw High School and play three games — Scotland High School (9 a.m.), Marlboro County High School (11:30 a.m.) and McBee High School (1 p.m.).
Back for the second time will be the Lady Raider Jamboree early next week, which will feature three more competitions — Knightdale (10 a.m.), Pine Forest (12 p.m.) and Cheraw (3 p.m.). All of Richmond’s games will be played at the high school, with other teams playing at the Ninth Grade Academy.
A four-game slate is set for the Lady Raiders at the two-day Rise Live Event. They’ll play Enka High School (12 p.m.), Hickory Ridge High School (2 p.m.) on June 15, and East Burke High School (12 p.m.) and Garinger High School (2 p.m.) on the final day.
Returning to full speed will be rising junior point guard Jamyia Lindsey, who played in four games late in the season after recovering from a knee injury. Rising senior Ryelan Lyerly and rising junior Rena Drake also return to the team.
“Chemistry is the main thing we want to focus on this summer,” Moseley said. “We have a lot of new and old pieces coming back, so we’re trying to regain the chemistry from two seasons ago.
“We’ll add in Makailah Jackson, Quanna Bostic and J’Nasia Neal,” he said. “Jamyia will be the focal point for our offense, but Ryelan and Rena can score. Hopefully this will be Quanna’s confidence booster and we want to play a lot faster this year.”
Moseley said he hopes to use this past season’s ups and downs and turn them into positive gains for the Lady Raiders moving into the summer and winter leagues.
“Last year was a learning experience,” Moseley explained. “We want to take what we learned and rebuild not only our varsity team, but get our JV team going again.
“Growing the program to be competitive is important,” he closed. “Our goal is to work hard and be able to pick up where we left off two seasons ago and try not to make the same mistakes.”