Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:13

JV Lady Raiders cruise past Jack Britt for second win

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Keyoni Nichols (4) looks to pass the ball during Tuesday's win over Jack Britt. Keyoni Nichols (4) looks to pass the ball during Tuesday's win over Jack Britt. Deon Cranford — The Richmond Observer.

FAYETTEVILLE — Back on the court for the first time in a week, the Richmond junior varsity girls’ basketball team used a strong defensive effort to earn another win.

Managing to avoid being shut down due to COVID-19 protocols like the varsity team, the JV Lady Raiders cruised past Jack Britt High School 52-13 on the road.

Sophomore Nyla Stroman led the Lady Raiders for the second time this season in points, netting a game-high 14 points. She scored seven in each half, following her 21-point performance in the season opener last week.

Helping on the scoring attack was fellow sophomore Joy Styles, who netted seven of her nine points in the opening two periods. Freshmen C’Niya Hinson, Jasmine Jennings and Keyoni Nichols all finished the game with six points.

Head coach Demi Watkins saw her team improve to 2-0 on the young season, and credited the Lady Raiders’ defense as the key to the win.

“Our rebounding was outstanding tonight,” Watkins said. “We were able to get a lot of second-chance points.

“Team ball was the name of the game,” she added. “We had multiple players that were scoring baskets, and we have a very special team this year. We are playing hard through these tough circumstances.”

To open the game, the Lady Raiders outscored Jack Britt 16-2 in the first quarter. Five different players would find the hoop for Richmond, seeing Stroman and Styles each score five points. 

Stroman hit one of her team-high two three-pointers and added a field goal, while Styles added two baskets and a free throw.

Jennings, Nichols and freshman Jamia Crowder each chipped in two points to start the game. Crowder’s bucket was the first of her five points in the game.

Richmond outpaced the Lady Bucs again in the second stanza, adding 10 more points to the home team’s five. Scoring two points each were Stroman, Styles, Hinson, Deveah Robinson and Jasmen Williams. At the break, the Lady Raiders led 26-7.

Halfway through the third quarter, the Lady Raiders extended their lead to 32-9. Stroman would connect on her final triple of the game, and added another field goal. She closed the third with the three-ball followed by a steal and a fastbreak layup.

Hinson had a strong quarter, netting four more points, and Jennings hit a bucket to help stretch the lead to 37-9 by the period’s end.

Putting an exclamation point on the big road win, Richmond tacked on 14 points of insurance in the final eight minutes of play. Nichols led the team with four points in the frame, and Crowder knocked down a bucket and a free throw.

Stroman, Styles, Williams and Jennings all had two points to seal the deal. With just over three minutes to play, Williams made two steals, taking one to the house herself and the other she dished off to Jennings for an easy bucket.

The Lady Raiders will have Friday off since Hoke County High School does not have a girls’ JV team this season. Their next scheduled game is set for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at home against Lumberton High School.

Deon Cranford and Kyle Pillar contributed to this article.

Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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