LAURINBURG — Even though the end result was the same as it was in the previous two contests, it was more difficult for Scotland to get there this time.
Scotland swept Richmond 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 to advance to the Southeastern Conference volleyball tournament championship game Wednesday night. Awaiting Scotland in the championship game is Pinecrest, which knocked off Purnell Swett in the other semifinal contest.
It was the third time this season the Scots blanked the Raiders, but this one didn’t come easy.
Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey felt the turning point in the contest came in the second set with her team leading 24-22 and serving to close out the match. The Raiders were unable to put the Scots away as the home team reeled off the final four points to pull out the win.
“We played hard, played well and had some chances we didn’t take advantage of,” Wimpey said. “I wish it would have been a different outcome. They had it in them all season. If they would have played like this all season, we would have improved much more.”
The second set loss appeared to take wind out of Richmond’s sails as Scotland jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the final set. The Raiders recovered to pull within one at 23-22.
“We weren’t used to having long rallies like that,” Wimpey said. “I am proud of them for fighting back in the third game after they got down.”
Richmond falls to 6-14 on the season and more than likely will not receive one of the wild-card berths into the state 4A playoffs.
Richmond moves up in AP poll
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior football team jumped up two spots in the latest Associated Press North Carolina High School poll it was revealed Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders are fifth this week with 60 points. Mallard Creek remained at No. 1, receiving 12 of the 13 first-place ballots. Scotland garnered the other top vote to stay in second. Dudley moved up to fourth and Butler leaped two spots to fourth. The rest of the top 10 are: Hough, West Forsyth, West Mecklenburg, East Forsyth and Wakefield.
In the NCPreps.com poll, Richmond is ranked sixth. Mallard Creek maintained the top spot, grabbing all eight first-place votes. Scotland is second, followed by Dudley, Buter and West Forsyth. Hough was one point behind Richmond in seventh. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are: East Forsyth, West Mecklenburg and North Davidson.
The Raiders dropped one spot to eighth in the latest CarolinaPreps.com power rankings. Mallard Creek and Scotland are still No. 1 and 2. Dudley is third, followed by Hough, Butler, West Forsyth and West Mecklenburg. Charlotte Catholic is ninth behind Richmond and Pinecrest is 10th.
Gibson, Moore earn SEC honors
RAEFORD — Richmond Senior’s Brandon Gibson finished 11th and Summer Moore took 12th in the Southeastern Conference cross country meet Tuesday afternoon.
Those finishes allowed Gibson and Moore to be named to the all-conference teams. Gibson led the boys team to a fourth-place finish in the meet, while Moore guided the girls squad to third. Darren Conkin was 21st for Richmond in the boys race and Cameron Hudson took 15th in the girls race.
Pinecrest swept both races with the minimum number of points, 15. Scotland was second in the boys meet with a score of 53, followed by Purnell Swett at 97, Richmond with 99, Lumberton with 141 and Hoke County at 148.
In the girls race, Lumberton took second with a team total of 59 and Richmond was third with 66. Hoke, Purnell Swett, Scotland failed to field a complete squad.
Richmond coach Reggie Miller said he will take both squads to the regional meet Oct. 26 at South View in Hope Mills.
RSHS golfers take third
PINEHURST — The Richmond Senior girls golf team finished third in the final Southeastern Conference golf match of the season.
Pinecrest fired a 325 to win the match at Pinehurst No. 6. Hoke County was second at 393, Richmond fired a 408 and Purnell Swett carded a 425. Lumberton and Scotland failed to have enough golfers to post a team score.
Individually, Cassie McFayden shot a 90 and Cassie Smith had a 99. Hannah Altman notched a 108, Kim Covington had an 111, Kianna Williams carded a 116 and McKenzie Henson finished with a 125.
McFayden and Smith both qualified for Tuesday’s 4A Central Regional at Pinehurst No. 6.
Ellerbe sweeps Rohanen
ELLERBE — The Ellerbe Middle School volleyball captured both matches against Rohanen Monday afternoon.
The Wildcats downed the Rebels 25-22, 9-25, 15-0 in the first match and 18-25, 25-8, 15-8 in the second.
Leading the way for Ellerbe were: Jordan Sheppard, Laura Virgen, Hailey Butler and Kelsey Murray.
The Wildcats are now 2-6 on the season and close out the regular season at home against Anson Orange.
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