ROCKINGHAM — It was the momentum builder Richmond Senior coach Victoria DeFrate wanted for her team as it heads into conference play.
Richmond limited Marlboro County to single digit scoring in all four quarters en route to a 75-23 victory Tuesday night at Raider Gymnasium.
The win allowed the Raiders to snap their two-game losing streak and improve to 6-3 on the season. The team will open Southeastern Conference play 6 p.m. Friday at Hoke.
“We’re ready for it. This was a little bit of a confidence builder for us,” DeFrate said. “We want to build on the momentum and carry it on into the conference.”
After a slow start to open the game and falling behind by three, Richmond scored the next 13 points to seize control. Kivana Keane had six points during this run and Shaquail Wall chipped in with five.
The Raiders continued to pull away in the second quarter, limiting the Bulldogs to two field goals. The first came at the 7:26 mark on a jumper by Dasha Emanuel, the second was just before halftime as Gibson scored on a putback.
“We still need to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” DeFrate said. “We still missed a lot of layups and easy baskets, but I saw a lot of improvement tonight.”
Ten Richmond players found their way into the scorebook in the victory. Keane nearly outscored the Bulldogs by herself, finishing with a game-high 17 points. Jade Evans added 14 and Cherie Ellerbe came off the bench to also score 14.
Jadasha Gibson and Shakeria Bridges both notched eight for Marlboro.
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