Rockbridge Girls Go 0-3

ABOVE, Surrounded by Knights, RC senior forward Phynely Stores holds onto the ball as teammate Emily Mahood (second from right) moves in to help. AT RIGHT, Wildcat senior forward Graceon Armstrong and TA’s Becca Shiflet start the game by going for a jump ball. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

ABOVE, Surrounded by Knights, RC senior forward Phynely Stores holds onto the ball as teammate Emily Mahood (second from right) moves in to help. AT RIGHT, Wildcat senior forward Graceon Armstrong and TA’s Becca Shiflet start the game by going for a jump ball. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

Rockbridge Girls Go 0-3
ABOVE, RC sophomore guard Emily Mahood puts up a shot against Turner Ashby. AT RIGHT, Wildcat senior guard Emily Galford dribbles down the court. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

ABOVE, RC sophomore guard Emily Mahood puts up a shot against Turner Ashby. AT RIGHT, Wildcat senior guard Emily Galford dribbles down the court. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

Rockbridge Girls Go 0-3
Comeback Falls Short Against Broadway

The Rockbridge County High School girls basketball game suffered three losses last week, falling to Valley District rivals Turner Ashby and Broadway at home and losing at Riverheads.

Despite a valiant comeback in the second half against Broadway (4-9 overall, 3-0 district) on Friday, the Wildcats (4-7, 0-3) lost 59-44.

RC struggled with turnovers in the first half and had a tough time containing Broadway’s Emma Bacon, who used her speed and sharp shooting to score 15 of her team-high 23 points in the first half. Bacon hit two 3-pointers and made plenty of shots inside and on the run.

In the second half, the Wildcats applied a box-and-one defense on Bacon, holding her scoreless in the third quarter. “We frustrated her quite a bit,” RC head coach Misty Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, RC got its offense going, making a 17-0 run to start the quarter, tying the game at 31-31. During that stretch, Emily Galford scored 12 of her team-high 23 points, including two 3-pointers. In the quarter, RC outscored Broadway 22-3, as Galford hit her third triple just before the clock expired to give the Wildcats a 36-34 lead.

Praising her players, who usually struggle in the third quarter, Armstrong said, “They were much improved. They came back and decided they wanted to play.”

The Gobblers then forced two turnovers that led to baskets, but a 3-pointer from Emily Mahood gave RC back the lead. Bacon got going again, though, scoring eight points in the quarter and helping Broadway take a 48-41 lead. The Gobblers went on a 9-0 run to put the game away, making shots from the floor and the free throw line.

Other than Galford, RC’s leaders were Mahood with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists; and Graceon Armstrong with eight points, 11 boards, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Armstrong fouled out with 3:18 left.

Aside from Bacon, Broadway’s leaders were Anna Swartz with 11 points and Aliza Lokey and Hannah Phares with seven points each.

The Wildcats committed 24 turnovers, while the Gobblers had 21.

Both teams struggled from the free throw line, with RC shooting 50 percent (9-of-18), and Broadway shooting 59.1 percent (13-of-22). The Wildcats shot 30 percent (15-of-50) from the field. RC made five 3-pointers but shot just 23.8 percent (5-of-21) from beyond the arc, while the Gobblers hit four treys.

Giving credit to the Gobblers and their head coach, Scott Martin, Coach Armstrong commented, “He’s got a good little solid team, and they worked hard. They’re kind of in the same boat as we are. They haven’t won a lot of games, so you have two teams that are competing tonight, and they made more shots.”

TA 59, RC 41

The Wildcats struggled against Turner Ashby’s defensive press, suffering a 59-41 loss on Tuesday of last week in Lexington.

RC kept the game close in the first half, trailing 16-10 after the first quarter and 30-23 at halftime, but TA repeatedly forced turnovers that led to transition baskets in the second half. The Knights outscored 14-3 in the third quarter to go up 44-26, and they used their speed and maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.

Armstrong said she was pleased with how her team played in the first half. In the second half, she said the Knights “just forced some turnovers that we didn’t recover from, and we didn’t make our second-half shots.”

RC committed 21 turnovers, while TA had 14 turnovers. The Knights ended the week with a record of 13-1 overall, 2-1 in the district, with their only loss coming against Spotswood on Jan. 10.

Leah Kiracofe led the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Addie Riner scored 18 points, and Becca Shiflet had eight points, nine boards, six assists and five steals.

Leading RC was Graceon Armstrong with 12 points and 17 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Galford made three steals but struggled against tough defense, scoring 10 points, sinking one 3-pointer and all three of her free throw attempts. Mahood scored all seven of her points in the first half and pulled down six boards, Aiyana Cooper added five points and four rebounds, Phynely Stores chipped in four points and six boards, and freshman Rachel Hines made a 3-pointer.

RHS 54, RC 42

Riverheads pulled away in the second half to defeat the visiting Wildcats 54-42 last Wednesday.

The Wildcats were down 24-22 at halftime, but the Gladiators outscored RC 16 11 in the third quarter and 14-9 in the fourth quarter.

Hannah Grubb led Riverheads with 14 points, and Sarah Campbell added seven.

Galford led the Wildcats with 15 points, making two 3-pointers, and added five assists and a steal. Graceon Armstrong had 12 points and a steal and led RC with 18 rebounds, nine blocks and four assists. Mahood chipped in six points and four boards, and Hines had five points and five boards.

Riverheads hit six 3-pointers, while the Wildcats made four treys. RC struggled to take care of the ball, committing 20 turnovers.

Riverheads ended the week with a record of 7-3.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play at Spotswood last night and will play host to Staunton River tonight before returning to district action at Waynesboro on Friday. Both nights will start with junior varsity action at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, RC will travel to face nondistrict foe Fort Defiance, starting with JV action at 1 p.m.

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