RC Girls Defeat Waynesboro On Senior Night

Jonathan Schwab


Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Stepping up in its last home game of the regular season, the Rockbridge County High School girls basketball team earned a 52-37 win over Valley District rival Waynesboro on Tuesday in Lexington.

The Wildcats (7-14 overall, 2-8 district) never trailed, jumping to a 5-0 lead and going up 17-6 at the end of the first quarter. Making shots, grabbing rebounds and using a defensive press, the Wildcats extended their advantage to 33-11 by halftime. For the game, RC outrebounded Waynesboro 40-32.

The Lady Giants (0-20, 0-10) picked up their offense in the second half, making some outside shots and outscoring RC 12-4 in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats’ lead was too large to overcome.

Before the game, the Wildcats honored their three seniors: Graceon Armstrong, Emily Galford and Phynely Stores. All three played well, as Armstrong led RC with 17 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks; Galford added 16 points and three steals, making three 3-pointers; and Stores grabbed 10 boards and scored four points. Emily Mahood scored 13 points and made six steals.

Cierra Bruce led Waynesboro with 13 points, sinking three 3-pointers, while Jaden Sprouse added 10 points and Mariela Ruiz chipped in eight.

The Wildcats forced 20 turnovers while committing 14.

With the win, the Wildcats completed a sweep of the regular-season series with the Giants. When the teams met on Jan. 24 in Waynesboro, RC won 50-26.

The Wildcats will enter the Valley District tournament as the fifth seed and will play at fourth-seeded Broadway in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6 p.m. Check back here Friday night for the result of that game.

For the full story on this week’s action, with photos from Tuesday’s win, please see our Feb. 19 newspaper. The story and photos from last week’s action will be in this Wednesday’s newspaper.

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