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Rockets, Lady Rockets sweep Cordova to remain perfect

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Cordova's Khamauri Morgan (left) and Rockingham's Joe Parsons. Cordova's Khamauri Morgan (left) and Rockingham's Joe Parsons. Deon Cranford - The Richmond Observer.

CORDOVA — Playing on the road Monday, the Rockingham Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams earned wins at Cordova Middle School.

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In a game that saw eight ties and eight lead changes, it was the Rockingham Rockets that emerged with a 32-26 win over Cordova. Neither team had more than a four-point lead until the game’s final basket which put Rockingham ahead by six.

Leading scorers for the Rockets were Keyonta Davis (10 points) and Joe Parsons (9 points), while Cordova was led by Khamauri Morgan (10 points) and Johnny Holmes (6 points).

The Cavs would lead 8-7 after the first quarter, thanks to a time-expiring layup from Kenneth Belk and his conversion on the and-one opportunity. Davis scored three times in the opening quarter for Rockingham, and his third basket with just under a minute left gave Rockingham a two-point lead. 

Both squads would work out to a 15-15 tie that held at the end of the first half. Lashon Goodwin, who scored two points in the loss, and Holmes accounted for all seven of Cordova’s points in the second quarter.

Five Rockets combined for the team’s eight points in the second, with Landon Taylor and Jason Lee both hitting one of two from the free throw line. Graham Odom, Davis, and Ke’onta Pegues each had a basket.

Cordova led 13-10 midway through the second, then Rockingham went on a 5-0 run. Lee hit his free throw and on the ensuing possession, Davis stripped the ball away from Cordova and took it back for an easy layup.  

On Rockingham’s next possession, Pegues missed a jump shot from near the free throw line, but was able to chase down the rebound and put it back in completing the run and giving Rockingham a two-point lead.

Holmes also connected after grabbing an offensive rebound just before the quarter ended to tie it back up.

Morgan, who was limited to just one point in the first half, scored eight in the third quarter to help give Cordova a 26-22 lead after three complete. He started the scoring with a floater over two defenders to put the Cavs back on top 17-15.

A.J. Covington followed with a three-pointer for Rockingham to put the Rockets ahead 18-17, and Morgan answered on the very next possession with a three-pointer from the left wing. That gave the Cavs a 20-18 advantage.

After a short scoring drought, Parsons laid one in to tie the game. Morgan gave the Cavs the two-point lead again with another floater.

Holmes followed with a jump shot to put the Cavs with 3:17 remaining in the third, which was Cordova’s largest lead of the game. Parson quickly got two back for the Rockets, but Morgan floated another shot over several Rocket defenders with just 20 seconds on the clock to regain the four-point advantage.

Despite the 26-22 lead, Cordova was unable to score in the fourth quarter. Rockingham outscored the Cavs 10-0 in the final frame with five baskets coming from four different players.

Covington, Davis and Parker all had two points, while Parson tacked on two buckets. Cordova (0-4) missed four free throws down the stretch.

The Rockets (4-0) will face Hamlet (2-2) in the in-county conference championship game later this week.

Deon Cranford contributed game information and photos to this article.

Lady Rockets stay perfect with win

Jamyia Lindsey (3) attempts a shot during Monday’s win over Cordova.

The Rockingham girls’ basketball team didn’t have much trouble earning another win on Monday, beating Cordova 32-13. It was the second time in the past week the two teams played, both resulting in Lady Rockets wins.

The Lady Rockets improved to 3-0, while the Lady Cavaliers fell to 0-3. Jamyia Lindsey netted a game-high 18 points in the win, including 14 points in the first half.

Other scorers for Rockingham were Tenaziah McNeil with six points, Madisen Jackson had four points, Kamora Watkins netted three points in the win and Sharonda Henderson added two points.

Cordova would score all of its points in the second half, with Amariah Gibson leading the Lady Cavs with six points. Abby Wellman chipped in four points, Symone Terry notched two points and Maddie Maree knocked in a free throw.

It took over four minutes into the first quarter for the game’s first basket to be scored, which came on a Lindsey jump shot. Following those two points, Rockingham ended the first half on a 17-0 run, with 12 more points coming from Lindsey.

The Lady Cavs broke the scoring stretch with the first basket of the second half to get on the board. 

A total of eight baskets were scored in the fourth quarter, four from Rockingham and four for Cordova. Gibson, Wellman, Terry and Maree all scored in the final frame for the Lady Cavs.

Rockingham will travel to rival Hamlet Middle School for a makeup game Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Kyle Pillar

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