Physical Streaks Drub RC

Physical Streaks Drub RC
Physical Streaks Drub RC
Physical Streaks Drub RC

ABOVE, RC head coach Darrell Plogger listens to an explanation by the officials. AT LEFT, Wildcat junior forward Zach Rogers and senior guard Jailik Lynch (3) attempt to block a shot by Alleghany’s Daylin Pinkston. BELOW, RC junior forward Griff Ray holds onto the ball. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Playing against a physical team in the Valley District opener, the Rockbridge County High School boys basketball team suffered a 60-35 road loss on Thursday.

The Wildcats, who fell to 5-5, struggled to shoot against the Blue Streaks, who improved to 3-5 overall. “They are physically stronger,” RC head coach Darrell Plogger said of the Blue Streaks, who had a notable size advantage over the Wildcats. “They pushed us around. It was a rough game. We didn’t shoot it very well. We really couldn’t overcome that.”

The loss snapped the Wildcats’ three-game winning streak. The game was originally scheduled to take place at RC last Wednesday, but was moved to Thursday at Harrisonburg due to Wednesday’s hazardous road conditions following snow on Tuesday of last week. Last Tuesday’s home game against Fort were rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, at RC, starting with junior varsity action at 1 p.m.

In a well-balanced scoring effort, Harrisonburg had no players score in double figures, but four scored at least eight points each. Jaziel Mensah-Agyekum and Claudeson Tacy led the Blue Streaks with nine points each, and Jazen Walker and Marquez Sly each chipped in eight.

The Harrisonburg defense stepped up against the Wildcats. Aaron Plogger led RC with 16 points, and Jailik Lynch added 12 points, with each player sinking two 3-pointers. However, RC’s third-leading scorer, Griff Ray, contributed just three points on a trey. Ten different players scored for Harrisonburg, while just six scored for RC, which had three players who scored two points or less. “We’ve got to find a way to be more balanced,” Plogger said.

The Wildcats were scheduled to visit Turner Ashby yesterday and will continue district action at Broadway on Thursday, starting with JV action at 6 p.m. They’ll return home to face district rival Spotswood on Tuesday, starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.