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Watkins 'proud' of JV Lady Raiders' fight despite loss to Lumberton

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ROSports File Photo: Daniah McDonald (30) scored 8 points off the bench during Friday's loss at Lumberton. ROSports File Photo: Daniah McDonald (30) scored 8 points off the bench during Friday's loss at Lumberton. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

LUMBERTON — Despite a lot of “fight” from her team on Friday, Richmond Senior head girls’ junior varsity basketball coach Demi Watkins saw her team lose a close one on the road at Lumberton High School.

A slow first half haunted the Lady Raiders, as they dropped a 47-43 decision to the Lady Pirates. Richmond is now 4-5 overall and 2-3 against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents.

Freshman guard C’Nedra Hinson would lead the team in points for the second game in a row, hitting the double-digit mark with 10 points. Sophomore Daniah McDonald had one of her best games, netting eight points off the bench, while freshman Nyla Stroman contributed seven points.

Other Lady Raiders to contribute to the scoresheet were Da’Veah Robinson with six points, Joy Styles notched five points, Raven Robinson hit a three pointer and EJ Davis added two points.

“We were down 15 points at the half and we only scored two points in the second,” Watkins commented. “We had 18 turnovers in the second quarter alone, so at halftime we had to regroup and I told the girls we had two options -- to lay down and die or to fight.

“And they fought,” she continued. “They fought hard and gave everything they had. I am extremely proud. It was a solid effort from every foot that touched the floor from our team tonight.”

The JV Lady Raiders would score just eight first-half points, starting with six points in the first. Davis, Hinson and Stroman all had a field goal, while Styles’ bucket in the second proved to be the team’s only points. 

Lumberton netted seven points in the first and 16 more in the second to take a 23-8 lead into the locker room.

The visiting team started its fight back in the third with 15 points, and went on to outscore the Lady Pirates 33-24 in the second half. McDonald would have a strong third quarter, scoring all eight of her points on two field goals and four free throws.

Da’Veah Robinson, Hinson and Stroman each added two points in the third stanza, and a free throw from Styles made it a 39-23 deficit heading into the final eight minutes.

Richmond’s defense would click into gear and hold the Lady Pirates to just eight points in the fourth. On their side of the offense, the Lady Raiders racked up 18 points. Hinson led the charge with her final six points, while Da’Veah Robinson added four and Raven Robinson drained a three-pointer.

Stroman tacked on her final three points and Styles added a field goal, but the final buzzer sounded before Richmond could complete the comeback.

“Daniah had a big game,” Watkins said. “She came off the bench and put in quality minutes to put us back in the game.

“We will continue to work hard and correct the little mistakes to become a better basketball team,” she closed.

The JV Lady Raiders will travel to Seventy-First High School on Tuesday for another SAC contest.

Kyle Pillar

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

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