Raiders back to action after layoff
By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — It will have been 10 days since Richmond Senior hit the hardwood against an opponent.
For the girls team, its last outing was a 20-point victory over Pinecrest to stay one game behind Scotland in the Southeastern Conference standings.
Things didn’t work out so well for the boys team as the home team held on for a three-point win in overtime. The loss was the first in the SEC for the Raiders and dropped them into a tie with Hoke for first at the time.
And now after two postponements because of last week’s winter storm, Richmond will return to action tonight at Purnell Swett. It will be the first of three road games this week for the Raiders.
Earlier this season, Richmond swept Purnell Swett in Raider Gymnasium. The girls pulled away for 59-28 victory, while the boys turned back the Rams, 79-66.
“We came in and practiced Saturday,” Richmond girls coach Victoria DeFrate said. “We had a long practice today. We ran them and they seem to do fine. They didn’t seem to have lost their stamina. They seemed pretty focused.”
Richmond boys coach David Laton felt his team is anxious to get back out on the court after the long layoff.
“We had a good practice Saturday and had a good one tonight,” Laton said. “We are looking forward to playing tomorrow night. We are fresh and ready to go.”
All of the postponed contests have been rescheduled with all six schools being forced to play six games over the next two weeks. Things kicked off Monday night with Lumberton visiting Purnell Swett and Pinecrest heading to Raeford to battle Hoke.
On the girls side, Lumberton knocked off Purnell Swett 59-42. The Pirates improve to 3-2 in the SEC and 12-6 overall, while the Rams fall to 0-5 in the conference and 5-10 on the season. Lumberton is a half-game behind Richmond for second. Pinecrest upset Hoke 37-30 as both teams now sport 2-3 league marks. Hoke is now 4-14 overall and Pinecrest is 4-11.
In boys action, Hoke moved into sole possession of first place with a 50-31 victory over Pinecrest. The Bucks are now 4-1 in the SEC and 10-9 on the season. The Patriots slip to 2-3 in the league and 5-11 overall. Lumberton snapped a three-game losing streak with its 78-56 win over Purnell Swett. The Pirates are tied for fourth in the conference with a 2-3 record. The Rams are now 1-4 and 3-11.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.
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