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JV Lady Raiders rout Scotland, return to the win column

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ROSports File Photo: Da'Veah Robinson scored 12 points in Richmond rout of Scotland on Friday. ROSports File Photo: Da'Veah Robinson scored 12 points in Richmond rout of Scotland on Friday. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team helped complete the Lady Raiders’ sweep over rival Scotland High School on Friday.

Ahead of the varsity team’s eight-point road win, the JV Lady Raiders ended a two-game losing streak by rolling past the Lady Fighting Scots 51-22 on their home court.

The blowout victory by Richmond was led by 12 points from freshman Da’Veah Robinson, and nine more points from sophomore Daniah McDonald. Chipping in eight points apiece were freshmen Nyla Stroman and Joy Styles, while fellow freshman C’Nedra Hinson contributed six points.

In the last few games, head coach Demi Watkins has noted her team’s slow start on offense. Friday’s game was a different story, as the Lady Raiders hung up 32 points in the first half, 19 coming in the opening quarter.

“We came out hot right out of the gate and that’s what we have to do every single game,” Watkins said. “We minimized our turnovers and took care of the ball which made a huge difference in our effectiveness to score.

“We needed that win to get some confidence back after what happened at Seventy-First,” she continued. 

Robinson started her game-high scoring performance with two three-pointers and a field goal for eight points in the first. Stroman rattled in two triples for six points, as Davaeh Wall and EJ Davis knocked in a field goal. McDonald netted a free throw.

The Lady Raider defense limited Scotland to just eight first-half points, and only two in the opening frame.

Thirteen more points in the second quarter by the Lady Raiders extended their lead. Hinson got on the board with five points, while Stroman, Styles, Wall and sophomore Raven Robinson each put in two points.

At the halftime buzzer, Richmond held a commanding 32-8 lead over the Lady Scots.

Keeping the offense rolling in the second half, Styles finished off her eight-point night with six points in the third, all on field goals. Da’Veah Robinson tallied her final four points, adding two buckets to extend the lead.

McDonald, who had led the team in scoring the last two games, added five more points in the third. Hinson rounded out her six points with a basket to cap the 15-point quarter for Richmond.

A quiet fourth quarter by Richmond didn’t matter, as McDonald scored three points and Raven Robinson chipped in a free throw. 

Scotland scored 11 points in the third and five in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to contend with the Lady Raiders’ offense.

“We still have a good chance to make a strong finish in the conference, but we have to be consistent with starting strong,” Watkins said. “However, we did have trouble at the free throw line (5-for-23) and those are points that can really decide games.

“Overall, we are ready as a team to take on the second half of conference play,” she closed.

Richmond (5-6, 3-4 Sandhills Athletic Conference) will return to SAC play Tuesday at home against Purnell Swett High School. Tip is set for 5 p.m.

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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