RC Boys Pull Away From TA With Sharpshooting Second Half, 59-34

Jonathan Schwab

Tuesday, Jan. 9 – Lighting it up from downtown in the second half, the Rockbridge County High School boys basketball team pulled away from Valley District rival Turner Ashby to capture a 59-34 win on Tuesday in Lexington.

The game was close throughout the first half, with the Wildcats (7-3 overall, 3-2 district) leading 20-18 at halftime, but RC sank six 3-pointers in the third quarter, including five in a row to start the half. Harrison Hundley, who led RC with 12 points and four 3-pointers, making three on consecutive possessions early in the third quarter, and teammate Jailik Lynch started the quarter with two triples in a row. Lynch scored eight points, dished out six assists and made two steals. For the game, RC made nine 3-pointers.

RC also stepped up defensively, holding the Knights (4-7, 0-4) to 16 points in the second half, eight each quarter. A major contributor to that defense was Triniti Stores, who grabbed eight rebounds and made two steals and two blocks, to go along with eight points.

The Wildcats played most of the game without one of their starters, guard Alex Balisteri, who dislocated his shoulder diving for the ball in the first quarter. Balisteri scored six points before he went out.

TA led by two points late in the second quarter, but Stores and Jonathan Mayo each scored inside to put RC back up at halftime.

From there on, the Wildcats controlled the game, starting the second half on a 17-4 run to go up 37-22. As the lead increased to over 20 early in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats gave their reserves more playing time.

Other leaders for the Wildcats were Caleb Walker with nine points and Nathan Bailey with seven points. Eli Roeschley led the Knights with 16 points, and Waring Garber added seven.

The Wildcats will continue district play on Friday at Harrisonburg, starting with junior varsity action at 6 p.m.

For the full story from this action, with photos from Tuesday’s win, please see our Jan. 17 newspaper. The stories and photos from last week’s action, including the Wildcats’ two wins over Parry McCluer, will be in this Wednesday’s paper.


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