RC Girls Trounce Liberty

RC SENIOR guard Emily Galford takes the ball down the court while Liberty’s Machenze Flood backs up on defense during the Wildcats’ 53-26 win. Galford scored 14 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC SENIOR guard Emily Galford takes the ball down the court while Liberty’s Machenze Flood backs up on defense during the Wildcats’ 53-26 win. Galford scored 14 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

STUARTS DRAFT’S Megan Fretwell (15) and PM sophomore guard Amber Grow battle for position during the Blues’ 53-36 loss. (Ronnie Coffey photo)

STUARTS DRAFT’S Megan Fretwell (15) and PM sophomore guard Amber Grow battle for position during the Blues’ 53-36 loss. (Ronnie Coffey photo)

The Rockbridge County High School girls basketball team cruised to a 53-26 win over Liberty (Bedford) on Saturday morning at the Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout.

RC (4-4) raced to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and stretched its lead to 41-10 at halftime. The Wildcats cooled down in the second half, getting all of their reserves into the game, but Liberty (0-8) never threatened to comeback.

Graceon Armstrong led the Wildcats with 19 points and seven blocks, and Emily Galford added 14 points, going 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Armstrong and Galford each made one 3-pointer, and the Wildcats hit five treys, while the Minettes sank just one. Emily Mahood chipped in seven

points for RC, and Phynely Stores notched five points, sinking one 3-pointer. The Wildcats stepped up defensively to force 22 turnovers. The Wildcats committed just 12 turnovers.

Machenze Flood led Liberty with 18 points, but no other Liberty player scored more than five.

Leading the RC defense with four steals was Zoe Camden, who aggravated her ankle during the second quarter before returning in

the second half. Armstrong and Galford each had three steals, and Stores and Rachel Hines added two steals each.

Praising her players for stepping up defensively after having a tough time in their 58-43 loss at Harrisonburg on Thursday, RC head coach Misty Armstrong said, “Today, before the game, we had a discussion. You’ve got to play deep with all your might. Defense wins championships.”

Armstrong said she was pleased to get all of her players into the game. “It’s always good for everybody to have an opportunity to score, for everybody to have an opportunity

to play D,” she said. “Live game situations are so different than practice.”

The RC coach noted that, with Valley District play just getting underway, she was glad that the Wildcats have already won half the number of games they won last winter, when they went 8-18. “Hopefully, we’ll take that momentum instead of waiting,” she added.

Armstrong was also glad that the Wildcats contribute to the success of Rock the Ribbon again. “I do love this event,” she said. “I love that the sheriff’s office puts it on. It is $10 to get in, but at the same time, it’s for a good cause.”

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