ROCKINGHAM — Even though her team’s offensive output was just below its season average, Richmond Senior coach Victoria DeFrate was happy with the result.
“We haven’t run our offense with any consistency at all,” DeFrate said. “This was the first game we ran our offense consistently.”
Richmond used its offense to pull away for a 53-36 victory over Pinecrest Monday night at Raider Gymnasium.
The win allowed Richmond to stay two games behind Scotland in the Southeastern Conference standings with two contests remaining for both teams. Scotland improved to 8-0 in the SEC with its 75-33 victory over Purnell Swett Monday.
The Raiders need either another win or a loss by Lumberton to clinch the No. 2 seed out of the conference in the state 4A playoffs as well as the conference tournament.
“I think it’s great for the program,” DeFrate said. “The team has come a long way from losing to Hoke in the first game. We just have to focus on the next two games.”
Before Richmond could turn its attention to gaining revenge against Hoke and trying to hand Scotland its first SEC loss, it had to turn back Pinecrest.
The Raiders jumped out to a 28-16 lead at halftime as eight players got into the scorebook.
Jade Evans scored four of her game-high 12 points in the first quarter. She was the lone Raider to reach double figures, but Kivana Keane and Zelda McLaughlin each netted nine in the win.
“I thought we ran the offense pretty good,” Evans said. “When we got out of it, we were able to get back into it. We’re working more as a team now.”
Richmond is slated to return to action 6 p.m. Wednesday against Hoke in Raider Gymnasium. The game was originally slated for Jan. 31 but was postponed because of the previous winter storm.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.