FAYETTEVILLE — While you can’t win a game without scoring, it is defense that will win you championships.
And right now, the Richmond Senior girls basketball team is finding ways to shut down the opposition.
Richmond limited Douglas Byrd to one field goal in the first half en route to a 72-22 road victory Thursday night.
The Raiders have held their last two opponents to less than double-digit scoring in six of those eight quarters.
“We are starting to understand our rotation and where we are supposed to be on defense,” Richmond coach Victoria DeFrate said.
Despite the 50-point victory, DeFrate thought Richmond got off to a relatively slow start before finding a rhythm in the second quarter, outscoring Douglas Byrd 23-4.
“We picked up our intensity,” DeFrate said. “It doesn’t look like it, but I thought we came out flat in the beginning of the game.”
Shaquail Wall led the way for the Raiders (3-1) with a game-high 16 points and Asiana Douglas added nine. Four others — Heaven Smith, Jade Evans, Bre Everette and Zelda McLaughlin — netted eight.
“It was a well-balanced scoring offense tonight,” DeFrate said. “Everyone got a chance to contribute and gel as a team.”
Richmond will return to action 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Pauls in the opening round of the Robeson County Shootout. The Bulldogs are currently 0-5 on the season, not including Wednesday’s contest with Gray’s Creek. St. Pauls is scheduled to play Fairmont and Whiteville before squaring off with Richmond.
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