ROCKINGHAM — After ending its five-game losing streak the night before, Richmond Senior was looking to maintain its winning ways heading into the second round of Southeastern Conference play.
And it did — in a big way against Hoke County.
The Raiders earned their second straight victory to sweep the season series with the Bucks 25-14, 25-17 and 25-18 Thursday night at Raider Gymnasium. It was the second time Richmond (4-10, 2-4) blanked Hoke this year.
“I thought we played well tonight,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “We beat them by better scores this time. They really stepped it up tonight.”
The victory kept Richmond’s hopes of moving up in the standings and into the top 3 to earn one of the conference’s automatic bid.
“We came out with the same momentum we had last night,” Wimpey said. “I hope it continues in next week’s games.”
Richmond will travel to second place Purnell Swett Tuesday before heading to Lumberton Thursday. Purnell Swett fell in four games at Scotland to drop to 11-1 overall and 4-2 in SEC play. The Scots are now 14-1 and 6-0.
Richmond blanked in tennis
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton girls tennis team shut out Richmond Senior 9-0 Thursday afternoon.
Abigail Cain knocked off McKenzie Grimes 6-1, 6-4 in the top singles match. Abby Kinlaw blanked MacKenzie Ransom 6-0, 6-0. Kaylynn Leggett defeated Meredith McLean 6-1, 6-0, Lane Hickman cruised past Reagan Ross 6-0, 6-0, Ivey Floyd beat Erica Rich 6-2, 6-0 and Alexis Ard downed Kristen Morrison 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Cain and Kinlaw beat Grimes and Ransom 6-0. Leggett and Hickman combined to stop McLean and Ross 6-2. The team of Floyd and Ard defeated Rich and Morrison 6-1.
Richmond is scheduled to return to action 4 p.m. Tuesday at home against Pinecrest.
JV Raiders cruise
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior junior varsity football team rolled to a 62-0 victory over Anson Thursday night at Raider Stadium.
The Raiders earned their third shutout of the season and improved their record to 5-0. Richmond led 48-0 at halftime.
“We played hard that’s the big thing,” JV coach Jason Norton said. “I’m proud of them. We will take a week to heal up and get ready for Hoke in two weeks.”
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