‘Rusty’ RC Falls At Harrisonburg

‘Rusty’ RC Falls At Harrisonburg
‘Rusty’ RC Falls At Harrisonburg
‘Rusty’ RC Falls At Harrisonburg

ABOVE LEFT, RC junior guard Emily Mahood puts up a shot, on her way to seven points. ABOVE, Wildcat junior forward Tanya Suitte looks for a teammate to pass to as Liberty’s Machenze Flood approaches on defense. AT LEFT, RC senior forward Graceon Armstrong tries to maintain possession of the ball while Flood pressures her. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

Struggling on both ends of the court in the Valley District opener, the Rockbridge County High School girls basketball team suffered a 58-43 loss on Thursday at Harrisonburg.

The Wildcats trailed 16-13 after the first quarter, but the Blue Streaks went on a 12-0 run to start the second quarter, outscoring RC 16-2 in the period to take a 32-15 lead into halftime. The Wildcats cut the lead to 14 by the end of the third quarter, but Harrisonburg stayed comfortably ahead for the rest of the game. The Blues Streaks ended the week with a record of 4-6, while the Wildcats improved to 4-4 with a 53-26 home win over Liberty (Bedford) on Saturday.

Harrisonburg’s Mariah Cain led all players with a season-high 26 points, sinking two 3-pointers, Ellie Muncy added nine points, and Jaiden Lemon chipped in eight.

Emily Galford led RC with 17 points while dishing out four assists and pulling down four rebounds. Graceon Armstrong scored 10 points and led RC with 18 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Chipping in six points each for the Wildcats were Phynely Stores and Emily Mahood.

The Wildcats shot 28.3 percent (17-of-60) from the field and committed 15 turnovers.

Addressing her team’s defensive problems, RC head coach Misty Armstrong said her players “were extremely lazy.” She noted that, while the Wildcats had practiced over winter break, due to postponements, they hadn’t played a game in three weeks. “They were really, really rusty.”

The Wildcats were scheduled to play at Fort Defiance on Tuesday of last week, but that game was postponed due to snow and rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, starting with junior varsity action at 1 p.m.

RC was slated to play host to Turner Ashby last night and will travel to Riverheads today before returning to district action at home against Broadway on Friday, starting with JV action at 5:30 p.m. on both nights. RC will continue district play at Spotswood on Tuesday, with the JV game beginning at 6 p.m.