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The Week Ahead: Basketball teams set for first full week

The Richmond boys' and girls' basketball teams will host Myers Park and Jack Britt this week. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — High school winter sports aren’t yet in full effect in Richmond County, but two programs will continue play this week.

With Thanksgiving break set to begin on Wednesday for local students, the basketball teams will hit their home hardwood for a pair of games.

Raider hoops ready for 3-game week

The Richmond Senior High School varsity boys’ basketball team kicked off its new season last Friday with a 36-point victory over Purnell Swett High School.

In the coming week, head coach Donald Pettigrew and the Raiders will get three more non-conference chances to add to the win column. 

Up first will be Myers Park High School on Tuesday, a team that is ranked as the top 4A program in the Charlotte Observer’s pre-season poll. The Mustangs have not played a game yet this season.

That will be followed by another home game on Wednesday against former conference foe Jack Britt High School (1-0). Both games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Raiders will close their week on Saturday with a game against Trinity Christian School (1-0). It will be played at Fayetteville State University at noon as part of an early season tournament.

Note: The junior varsity boys’ basketball team will return to play on Nov. 30 at Purnell Swett High School.

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Lady Raider basketball eyeing first win

Also set to play Myers Park and Jack Britt, the Richmond girls’ basketball team will look to rebound after its season-opening loss to Purnell Swett on Friday.

The Lady Raiders and head coach Teddy Moseley will welcome in the Lady Mustangs on Tuesday, followed by the Lady Buccaneers on Wednesday. Both games are slated for a 6 p.m. start.

Note: There is no junior varsity girls’ basketball team this season.

More sports set to begin 

Richmond’s bowling, indoor track and field and swimming programs will begin their respective seasons in December. 

The Richmond Observer will publish season previews for each program in the coming weeks.

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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.