RC Boys Ousted by TA In District Quarterfinals

Jonathan Schwab


Friday, Feb. 14 – The Rockbridge County High School boys basketball team suffered a 62-51 home loss to Turner Ashby in the Valley District quarterfinals on Friday night in Lexington.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (9-13), who had split the regular-season series with the fifth-seeded Knights (8-15), struggled to prevent outside shots, as the Knights made 10 3-pointers. Leading TA was Garret Spruhan with 19 points, including five triples.

RC’s Jailik Lynch led all players with 28 points, making two 3-pointers. Late in the second quarter, Lynch made a jump shot, giving him his 1,000th career point and tying the game at 21-21. The game was stopped so that the senior guard could be recognized, and he received a milestone basketball to be placed in the school’s trophy case.

After the game resumed, TA hit three 3-pointers to go on a 9-0 run to take a 30-21 lead into halftime.

The Knights built up a double-digit lead in the third quarter and led by 11 going into the fourth quarter. Lynch made a couple of shots to cut the deficit to eight, but the Wildcats would get no closer.

Other than Lynch, RC’s leaders were Griff Ray with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Aaron Plogger with five points.

Ethan Gerber scored 14 points for TA, Tyson Snow added 12, and Orion Angelopulos chipped in nine.

RC made eight 3-pointers but had a rough night from the free throw line, making just 3-of-10 attempts, while TA shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22).

The Knights advanced to the regional semifinals, while the Wildcats will wait to see if they advance to the Region 3C tournament.

For the full story and photos from this week’s action, please see our Feb. 19 newspaper.

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