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Stroman, JV Lady Raiders cruise past Scotland in season finale

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First-year head coach Demi Watkins and the Lady Raiders finished with a big win over rival Scotland on Friday in the season finale. First-year head coach Demi Watkins and the Lady Raiders finished with a big win over rival Scotland on Friday in the season finale. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

LAURINBURG — Helping complete Richmond Senior High School’s five-team sweep of rival Scotland High School on Friday was the junior varsity girls’ basketball team.

Hitting the road for their regular-season finale, the Lady Raiders wasted no time in defeating the Lady Fighting Scots 51-30. The victory for head coach Demi Watkins and the Lady Raiders completed the season sweep of Scotland.

Freshman Nyla Stroman, who emerged as one of the team’s best perimeter shooters this season, capped her first winter with a 16-point performance. She dropped a team-high four three-pointers in the process.

Adding to the scoresheet with eight points each were sophomore Daniah McDonald and freshman EJ Davis. Rounding out the team’s top scorers was sophomore Mariah Waddell.

Overall, the JV Lady Raiders finished 9-9 on the season, with a 7-7 mark against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents.

“We finished strong and a lot of growth was made by each one of the girls this season,” Watkins commented after her first year as head coach. “Every single player scored (against Scotland) in the last game of the season.”

Stroman and McDonald combined to score all 14 of Richmond’s points in the first quarter to jump out to a nine-point advantage. Stroman knocked down two threes and added a field goal for eight points, while McDonald added a triple and three free throws.

Five players combined to net 12 points in the second, starting with Davis’ seven points. Waddell added her first two points, as teammates C’Nedra Hinson, Joy Styles and Jasmen Williams all added one free throw. At the break, Richmond led 26-11.

Ten more points in the third helped distance the Lady Raiders, seeing Stroman knock down another three and a field goal. Raven Robinson chipped in her first three points from beyond the arc and Williams added her final two points.

A 15-point fourth quarter solidified the win for Watkins and company. Seven players tallied points in the fourth, as Waddell’s four led the way. Stroman rattled home her final triple, Da’Veah Robinson, McDonald and Styles each added a field goal and Raven Robinson and Davis connected on a free throw.

“I am truly thankful to have been the coach this season,” Watkins said. “I appreciate the help of the Richmond program and my assistant coach, Tonia Breeden.

“I also appreciate the help of the coaches I’ve had in the past who gave me a lot of advice as a first-year coach,” she closed. “So thank you to Teresa Mason and Nellie Harrington.”

Kyle Pillar

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

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