Wildcats’ Season Ends With Regional Quarterfinal Loss At Western Albemarle

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Jonathan Schwab
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Friday, Feb. 21 – The Rockbridge County High School boys basketball team concluded its season with a 70-43 road loss to Western Albemarle on Friday in the Region 3C quarterfinals.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats (9-14), who had pulled off a 59-56 upset of the second-seeded Warriors (20-6) last year, made nine 3-pointers, but they struggled to score inside most of the game against WA’s aggressive defense.

The Warriors had won both regular-season meetings convincingly over RC, which had its best offensive outing of the three games. The Warriors jumped out to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter and extended their advantage to 35-23 at halftime. WA led 47-32 at the end of the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter.

WA’s Riley Pritchard scored 17 points, making two of his team’s five 3-pointers, while Tommy Mangrum added 14 points and Henry Sullivan chipped in 10. Eight different players scored for WA.

Griff Ray led RC with 14 points, sinking four 3-pointers, and played a strong game defensively. Jailik Lynch scored 10 points for the Wildcats, Aaron Plogger and Austin Higgins each added six points, and Carter Hundley chipped in five.

RC committed 14 turnovers, while the Warriors had 10.

WA advanced to the regional semifinals, where they will play host to third-seeded Spotswood on Tuesday.

The Wildcats will miss their two seniors, Lynch and Austin Doyle, along with Darrell Plogger, who is stepping down after 10 seasons as RC’s head coach.

For the full story and photos from the regional quarterfinals, with a season wrap-up, please see our Feb. 26 newspaper.

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