Galford Scores 1000th Point

ABOVE, RC senior guard Emily Galford (14) celebrates on the bench with teammate Graceon Armstrong and the Wildcats’ mascot after scoring her 1,000th career point. AT RIGHT, Galford’s father, Wesley, lifts her up to be honored by fans after she made the free throw to reach the milestone. Also joining Galford on the court is her mother, Kim. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

ABOVE, RC senior guard Emily Galford (14) celebrates on the bench with teammate Graceon Armstrong and the Wildcats’ mascot after scoring her 1,000th career point. AT RIGHT, Galford’s father, Wesley, lifts her up to be honored by fans after she made the free throw to reach the milestone. Also joining Galford on the court is her mother, Kim. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

WILDCAT SOPHOMORE forward Aiyana Cooper dribbles near the basket while Spotswood’s Abigail Branner guards her. Cooper scored four points and made two steals. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

WILDCAT SOPHOMORE forward Aiyana Cooper dribbles near the basket while Spotswood’s Abigail Branner guards her. Cooper scored four points and made two steals. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Galford Scores 1000th Point
RC Girls Drop Two More District Games

Rockbridge County High School senior guard Emily Galford scored her 1,000th career point in the RC girls basketball team’s 68-29 home loss to Valley District leader Spotswood on Friday night in Lexington.

Galford, who led the Wildcats (5-14 overall, 1-8 district) with 12 points, reached the milestone by making a free throw with about three minutes to go in the game. The game was stopped so that the 5-foot-5-inch Galford could be recognized and receive her milestone basketball, which she gave to her parents, Wesley and Kim. Fans waved a banner with her last name, jersey number (14) and “1000.” Wesley lifted up his daughter to celebrate in front of cheering fans.

The last RC girls basketball player to score over 1,000 points was 2015 graduate Keely Fresh, who went on to play Division I basketball at St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Reflecting on the accomplishment and the fact that her basketball would be in the school’s trophy case, Galford said, “It’s really surreal. I remember growing up, and I always dreamed that my ball would be in the case and to have it actually happen, it’s just awesome.”

“I especially want to thank God because he left me with talent, so all glory to him,” she added. “I’m very thankful for my parents for their support and their love.”

Galford said she was “getting pretty nervous” when she was getting close to the milestone, commmitting several turnovers in the process, but she overcame the nerves to reach the mark.

Other than the milestone, there were few highlights for the Wildcats on Friday.

In the first quarter, Galford sank a 3-pointer to give RC a 7-4 lead, but the Trailblazers (19-2, 9-0) then went on a 20-0 run and stretched their lead to 44-13 by halftime. Spotswood applied its defensive press effectively and forced 27 RC turnovers, although the Blazers took their press off in the second half.

“They have a tough press, and all of their girls go after the ball. It doesn’t matter if it’s first team or second team or third,” RC head coach Misty Armstrong said. “They’re going strictly after the ball.”

Since Spotswood led by more than 30 points in the fourth quarter, the teams played with a running clock the entire period.

The Wildcats played with just two reserves due to illness and injuries, while Spotswood had a deep bench.

In a balanced scoring effort, Madisyn Forloines led Spotswood with 14 points, Abigail Branner added 12 points, and Stephanie Ouderkirk chipped in nine.

As well as leading RC in scoring, Galford had two steals and two assists. Emily Mahood scored five points and had two assists and two steals for RC, sinking one 3-pointer. Aiyana Cooper added four points and two steals, and Phynely Stores made a triple and grabbed three rebounds. Graceon Armstrong led RC with six rebounds and four blocks and scored three points, and Tanya Suitte made two free throws after making a steal.

The Wildcats shot just 25 percent (9-of-36) from the field and 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from three-point range.

With the win, the Blazers completed a sweep of the regular-season series. When the teams met on Jan. 21 at Spotswood, the Blazers won 51-22.

Following Friday’s game, Coach Armstrong said, “I have no complaints. We had goals that we had set forth at the beginning of the game for us. We scored more points than we did [at Spotswood]. We had specific point goals and foul goals that we were trying to meet. We were more worried about us and what we wanted to take care of.”

BHS 50, RC 40

The Wildcats put forth a strong effort at Broadway on Tuesday of last week, but the Gobblers pulled away for 50-40 win.

RC trailed 12-8 after the first quarter and 21-18 at halftime, but Broadway outscored RC 15-8 in the third quarter and stayed comfortably ahead for the rest of the game.

Graceon Armstrong led RC with 11 points, 23 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Galford and Mahood each scored nine points, with Galford also grabbing three steals. Other RC leaders were Stores with six points and three rebounds and Rachel Hines with five points. The Wildcats shot just 20.9 percent (14-of-67) from the field.

Hannah Phares led Broadway with 16 points, while Anna Swartz and Savanah Copehaver each added 12 points.

With the win, Broadway completed a sweep of the regular-season series with RC. When the teams met at RC on Jan. 17, Broadway won 59-44. At the end of the week, Broadway was 6-15 overall and 5-4 in the district.

The Valley District tournament will start with the quarterfinals on Friday night. For the tournament schedule, with locations, times and updates, visit www.thenews-gazette.com.

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