ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior girls basketball coach Victoria DeFrate didn't have much to say following her team's loss to Anson Friday night.
There was only one word that came to her mind.
“Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers.”
The Raiders committed 30 of them against the Bearcats and things got so bad, they were held scoreless in the third quarter en route to a 63-36 defeat.
“We missed layups, we missed easy shots,” DeFrate said. “It's going to take some sort of action on the girls part. We have to have all the girls on the same page.”
After falling behind by 11 in the first quarter, the Raiders battled back to trail 29-23 at halftime. DeFrate praised the effort from reserves Sarah Maske, Bre Everett and Heaven Smith to give the team a much needed lift on the offensive end, especially in the second quarter. The trio combined to score 10 points in the frame.
“They gave us a little spark,” DeFrate said. “We need to have all the girls play with the same intensity.”
On the other side of the court, Anson coach Deloris Covington was feeling the same way about her team's play in the first half. She thought the Bearcats were “sluggish” and told them to pick up the tempo.
“I told them when we get the ball we need to run,” Covington said. “We're a running team.”
Anson (11-1) found its rhythm on both ends of the court in the third quarter. The Bearcats scored 16 points, while holding the Raiders scoreless to build a 22-point lead.
“We changed defenses and went to another zone defense,” Covington said. “We were in a 1-2-2 matchup but we switched to a regular 3-2 zone.”
The move helped keep Richmond's Shaquail Wall scoreless in the game. Wall had come into the contest as the Raiders' top scorer. Jade Evans was the lone Richmond player to reach double figures, netting 10. Shinitra Little and Jasmine Rivers both notched 15 to pace Anson.
The loss was the second straight for the Raiders, dropping them to 5-3 on the season. DeFrate added the team could fall into the same funk it did last season when it dropped nine in a row.
“If we aren't careful we can head down the same path,” she said. “I know the seniors don't want to and hopefully they will step up because this is the last time they will play high school basketball.”
Richmond will return to the court 6 p.m. Tuesday when Marlboro County visits Raider Gymnasium.
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