Rockbridge County Boys Lose Two

ABOVE, RC junior forward Griff Ray fires a shot over Broadway's Jaxson Jameson. AT RIGHT, Going up for a shot is RC sophomore guard Isaiah Poindexter while Broadway’s Gage Williford (left) and Wesley Delawder (5) defend him. Poindexter scored six points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

ABOVE, RC junior forward Griff Ray fires a shot over Broadway's Jaxson Jameson. AT RIGHT, Going up for a shot is RC sophomore guard Isaiah Poindexter while Broadway's Gage Williford (left) and Wesley Delawder (5) defend him. Poindexter scored six points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

Rockbridge County Boys Lose Two
WILDCAT senior Jailik Lynch drives to the basket while Broadway’s Jaxson Jameson falls to the floor. Lynch led the Wildcats with 13 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

WILDCAT senior Jailik Lynch drives to the basket while Broadway’s Jaxson Jameson falls to the floor. Lynch led the Wildcats with 13 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Broadway Tops Wildcats With Buzzer Beater

In its final home game of the regular season, the shorthanded Rockbridge County High School boys basketball team fell to Valley District rival Broadway 35-32 on a 3-point buzzer beater on Tuesday of last week in Lexington. The Wildcats (8-12 overall, 2-7 district) followed that contest up with a 64-31 loss at Spotswood on Friday.

Against Broadway, the Wildcats got off to a strong start, leading 12-0 late in the first quarter, with Jailik Lynch scoring nine points in that stretch. Before the game, Lynch and fellow senior Austin Doyle were honored.

RC led 14-2 after the first quarter and was up 22-11 at halftime, led by 13 points from Lynch.

The Gobblers cut the lead to four late in the third quarter by applying their defensive press to force turnovers and making jump shots and free throws. Late in the quarter, Lynch sprained his ankle and would not return to the floor for the rest of the game. He used crutches to get back to the bench after being treated by the athletic trainer. Noting that Lynch’s absence in the fourth quarter had a big impact, RC head coach Darrell Plogger said, “He was carrying us there for a while.”

The Wildcats led 28-22 at the start of the fourth quarter and increased their lead to eight on an inside basket by DJ Lewis, but Broadway made a couple of 3-pointers to cut the lead to two. The Wildcats missed their final four free throws, and Broadway’s Caleb Williams hit an inside shot to tie the game at 32 with just under a minute to go, and teammate Jaxson Jameson then stole the ball and made a 3-pointer just before the clock expired to give the Gobblers the win.

Jameson led Broadway with 14 points, sinking four of his team’s six 3-pointers, while Nate Tinnell added eight points and Williams chipped in five.

Other than Lynch, who scored all of his points in the first half, RC’s leaders were Isaiah Poindexter with six points, Lewis with four, and Carter Hundley with a 3-pointer. The Wildcats made two triples. RC was playing without starting guard Aaron Plogger, who was out with the flu.

The Wildcats committed 21 turnovers, while Broadway had 20.

Praising his players for playing hard while his team was missing two leaders, Coach Plogger said, “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. I had guys that stepped up in huge situations. We gave ourselves a chance. We just didn’t make a play to close down the stretch. They’re too good a team to give them another chance.”

With the win, the Gobblers completed a sweep of the regular-season series. When the teams met on Jan. 17 at Broadway, the Gobblers won 54-42. Broadway ended the week at 15-6 overall and 6-3 in the district.

SHS 64, RC 31

The Wildcats suffered a 64-31 road loss to district rival Spotswood on Friday.

RC was playing shorthanded again, with Lynch recovering from his sprained ankle and Aaron Plogger was again out sick.

Spotswood (15-5, 8-1) jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and went on a run at the end of the first half to take a 36-14 lead into intermission.

The Wildcats played better in the third quarter, when the Trailblazers outscored them 16-7, and Spotswood outscored RC 12-10 in the fourth quarter.

“We played hard in the second half,” Coach Plogger said. “I thought we settled down and played a little better.”

Spotswood’s Robert Smith led all scorers with 24 points, sinking two 3-pointers, and teammate Ryan High added 12 points.

Doyle led RC with seven points, Poindexter scored six points while Lewis, Griff Ray and Austin Higgins each chipped in five. Lewis and Ray each made a 3-pointer. Spotswood is in a race with Harrisonburg for the regular-season district title, as the two teams split the regular-season series, with the Blazers defeating the Blue Streaks 54-48 at home on Tuesday of last week. Coach Plogger said Spotswood, with its physical defense and strong offense, is probably one of the top five teams in the state.

With Friday’s win, the Blazers completed a sweep of the regular-season series with RC. When the teams met at RC on Jan. 21, Spotswood won 53-23.

The Wildcats were scheduled to conclude the regular season at Waynesboro last night.

The Valley District tournament will start with the quarterfinals on Friday night. For the tournament schedule, with locations, times and updates, visit www.thenewsgazette.com.

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