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Lady Raiders' comeback falls short in overtime against Lumberton

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Allexis Swiney (14) guards Lumberton's Madison Canady (44) during Friday's overtime loss. Allexis Swiney (14) guards Lumberton's Madison Canady (44) during Friday's overtime loss. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — Friday’s Sandhills Athletic Conference showdown between Richmond and Lumberton high schools was a game that head Lady Raider coach Teddy Moseley told his team it needed to win.

After tying the game in the closing seconds of regulation, the Lady Raider offense went flat in the four-minute overtime period, and fell 46-42. With the loss, Richmond moved to 10-11 overall, 6-6 against SAC opponents, and currently sits alone in third place behind three teams tied for second.

Using a pair of double-digit scorers, the Lady Raiders overcame a 12-point halftime deficit, put together a strong third quarter performance and put on a defensive clinic to force overtime.

“The difference between the first half and the second half was our defense shutting down Madison Canady,” Moseley said of the Lumberton senior forward. “We didn’t allow her to score in the second half after she scored 19 in the first half.

“Our defense got a lot better and we forced the turnovers we needed to force,” he added. “But we just couldn’t put the ball in. That has been the story of our season. We did everything we needed to do tonight except put the ball in when we needed to.”

Out of the gates, Canady scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter, before tacking on nine more before the intermission. Richmond trailed 15-7 after the opening eight minutes of play, and fell behind by as much as 13 points (24-11) in the second period.

Down 26-14 at the half, the Lady Raiders exploded for a 12-0 run during the third quarter to knot the game up. Four different Richmond players scored in the frame, with sophomore forward Jakerra Covington picking up five of her 11 points.

Fellow sophomore Jayla McDougald added four points, while juniors Layne Maultsby and Allexis Swiney added the remaining points. Richmond nearly kept Lumberton off the board in the third quarter, but an Alexandra Simpson bucket and free throw with 4.6 seconds left gave the Lady Pirates a 29-26 lead entering the fourth.

Maultsby was crucial in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to give Richmond its first lead of the night. She hit a baseline jumper to pull the game within one point at the 7:16 mark, and followed up with a layup just four seconds later.

Her second basket came on an inbound steal and was assisted by junior teammate Hailey Miller.

Senior Taliah Wall came to life in the final two minutes of regulation, scoring five of her six total points in a 1:28 span. She started by following her own rebound with a basket under the hoop, and got an assist from Swiney after a failed one-and-one attempt to retake the lead 37-36.

Lumberton’s Katelyn Colbreth hit a shot with 44 seconds left, but teammate August Smith fouled Wall with 8.2 seconds left, sending the Lady Raider to the line. Wall hit the front end of her two shots, but saw her second one rim out, which sent the game into overtime.

Canady, who hadn’t scored since there were 92 seconds left in the first half, scored three of her team’s eight points in the overtime frame to secure the win. She hit a jumper in the opening minute before icing the game with a free throw with 9.8 seconds left.

“This was an important game tonight, and we really needed to win,” Moseley said when asked about the outlook for the remainder of the season. “I expressed how important it was to win tonight, and I thought our effort was great. We just have to score -- that’s it.”

On the night, Richmond shot 18-for-80 (22.5 percent) from the floor, and connected on just 4-of-17 free throw opportunities (23.5 percent).

Covington and Swiney both finished with a team-high 11 points. McDougald added eight points, Wall contributed six points, Maultsby had five and Miller chipped in a three-pointer. Backing up Canady was 12 points from Smith.

The Lady Raiders will be back in action Tuesday at home against Seventy-First High School (12-8, 8-3 SAC) for senior night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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