RC Avenges Early Setback

WILDCAT JUNIOR guard Aaron Plogger dribbles the ball while an Alleghany player reaches in and RC head coach Darrell Plogger watches during the Wildcats’ 61-43 win. Aaron Plogger scored 13 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

WILDCAT JUNIOR guard Aaron Plogger dribbles the ball while an Alleghany player reaches in and RC head coach Darrell Plogger watches during the Wildcats’ 61-43 win. Aaron Plogger scored 13 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

PM JUNIOR guard Talen Roberts goes for one of his three steals during the Blues’ 59-32 win over Chatham. Roberts also scored six points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

PM JUNIOR guard Talen Roberts goes for one of his three steals during the Blues’ 59-32 win over Chatham. Roberts also scored six points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

The Rockbridge County High School boys basketball team capped off the seventh annual Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout with a 61-43 win over Alleghany in the RC gym on Saturday night.

Jailik Lynch led four Wildcats in double figures with 17 points, also adding six assists. Aaron Plogger notched 13 points, D.J. Lewis totaled 11 markers and nine rebounds, and Griff Ray posted 10 points and 11 boards for RC (6-5).

Jayson Easton scored a gamehigh 18 points for the Mountaineers, while Corey Easton tallied 11 points and eight rebounds and Tavi Wright notched seven points.

The Wildcats were dominant in the first half, using an early 15-0 run to assume a 15-2 advantage. RC then held Alleghany to a single field goal in the second period, building up a 29-9 halftime lead.

The game was scheduled for

an 8:30 p.m. tip-off. However, due to delays earlier in the evening, the Wildcats and Mountaineers didn’t get started until after 10. After a long day of sitting around waiting to take the floor, RC was the sharper of the two teams from the get-go.

“When we came out of the locker room, I knew we were ready to play,” RC head coach Darrell Plogger said.

The Wildcats had some added motivation on Saturday: namely, a 63-42 road loss to Alleghany on Dec. 17. RC was prepared for the Mountaineers in round two, particularly on the defensive end.

Plogger praised the play of sophomore guard Isaiah Poindexter, who helped to contain Alleghany’s gifted backcourt, but the Wildcats’ coach was pleased with his team’s defensive work throughout the night.

“Isaiah got us started off, and everybody just fell in line,” Plogger said. “Everybody did their job … No miscommunication; we were ready.”

The Mountaineers chipped away at RC’s large lead for most of the second half, cutting the gap down to 45-36 with 5:19 to play. But the Wildcats responded with nine straight points, putting the game out of reach.

For an RC squad that at times has relied heavily on one or two players to score, having four in double figures bodes well for the rest of the season.

“If we can get that, we’re going to be in pretty good shape,” Plogger said. “We’ll win a lot of basketball games, because I feel like defensively, we’re going to limit people in points.”

Spencer Hamilton led PM with 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, and he made all six of his free throw attempts. Praising the 6-foot-9-inch sophomore forward, Cartolaro said he’s coming along well. “He plays inside,” the PM coach said. “He plays out. He’s obviously the tallest one on the court.”

Will Dunlap added 13 points, sinking all five free throw attempts while snaring nine rebounds, dishing out four assists and putting up two blocks. “Will has played back-to-back solid games,” Cartolaro remarked.

Talen Roberts chipped in six points and had three steals for the Blues, and John Snider had two points and four blocks.

Shane Hunt and Nick Williams led the Cavaliers with eight points each, and Chris Tuner added six.

PM hit five 3-pointers, while Chatham made four. The Blues committed 13 turnovers, mostly late in the game, while the Cavaliers had 15.

Commenting on his team’s strong defense, Cartolaro said, “There wasn’t any pressure involved, just all containment to keep [Chatham] from getting in the lane and creating.”

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