TA Ousts Rockbridge Boys

RC SENIOR guard Jailik Lynch (second from right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his 1,000th career point during the Wildcats’ district quarterfinal loss to Turner Ashby on Friday. Lynch received a milestone basketball that will be placed in the school’s trophy case. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC SENIOR guard Jailik Lynch (second from right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his 1,000th career point during the Wildcats’ district quarterfinal loss to Turner Ashby on Friday. Lynch received a milestone basketball that will be placed in the school’s trophy case. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

JAILIK LYNCH takes a jump shot over a Turner Ashby defender to score his 1,000th point. Lynch helped the Wildcats keep the game close, leading all players with 28 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

JAILIK LYNCH takes a jump shot over a Turner Ashby defender to score his 1,000th point. Lynch helped the Wildcats keep the game close, leading all players with 28 points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC JUNIOR guard Aaron Plogger dribbles down the court as Turner Ashby’s Garret Spruhan defends him. Plogger scored five points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC JUNIOR guard Aaron Plogger dribbles down the court as Turner Ashby’s Garret Spruhan defends him. Plogger scored five points. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Lynch Scores 1,000th Point In Home Loss

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.

“It was a catch-22 on defense because we couldn’t stay in front of them,” RC head coach Darrell Plogger said. He said the Wildcats started playing zone defense to adjust to TA’s style, which involved passing the ball around the perimeter until a good shot was available, but that didn’t work.

Plogger said the game was similar to TA’s 52-46 win over RC on Jan. 31. He said the Knights “played just as well, spread the court, moved the basketball and knocked down shots. Very disciplined.”

RC’s Jailik Lynch led all players with 28 points, making two 3-pointers and scoring on drives to the basket and from the free throw line. 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.

Of the achievement, Lynch said, “I’ve been working hard for the last four years that I’ve been here, and it just means a lot.” Lynch said he was thinking more about the game than the milestone since the Wildcats were trailing before he scored his 1,000th point.

Commending Lynch, Plogger said, “I couldn’t be more proud of him. Four or five weeks back, he knew what he had to do, and he went out and did it. He got aggressive and played great down the stretch for us.”

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

The Knights continued to shoot well from outside and built up a double-digit lead in the third quarter, and they led 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, as TA sealed the win at the free throw line.

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 on Monday at third-seeded Broadway. The Wildcats will wait to see if they advance to the Region 3C tournament. For updates, visit www.thenews-gazette.com.

RC 62, WHS 53

The Wildcats concluded the regular season with a 62-53 road win over district rival Waynesboro.

Back in action after sitting out the previous game with a sprained ankle, Lynch led all scorers with 32 points, sinking three 3-pointers. “He had a great game, especially early,” Coach Plogger said, noting Lynch scored 16 of RC’s first 17 points.

Also stepping up was Austin Doyle, who scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Other RC leaders were Aaron Plogger with nine points, Ray with six, and Austin Higgins with a strong all-around game. “Austin did a great job down the stretch, rebounding, fighting for loose balls, all the dirty work,” Coach Plogger said.

Waynesboro took a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, but RC outscored the Little Giants 17-11 in the second quarter to take a 30-25 lead into halftime. The Giants cut the lead to three by the end of the third quarter, but RC outscored Waynesboro 19-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Luke Young led the Little Giants with 18 points, making three 3-pointers, while Damien Fisher added 16 points and Dayvon Young and Evan Sites each chipped in nine.

Waynesboro made eight 3-pointers, most of them early in the game, while RC made six.

With the win, RC completed the regular season with a 3-7 district record. Waynesboro went 1-9 in the district and lost at Broadway 65-56 in the district quarterfinals on Friday, ending the season with a record of 7-16.

RC swept the season series with Waynesboro. When the teams met on Jan. 24 at RC, the Wildcats won 51-43.

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