But Tuesday night at Raider Gymnasium, the latest incarnations of the Richmond Senior men's and women's J.V. basketball teams showed that so far, they are managing that transition just fine, thank you very much.
In a pair of nonconference matchups, the Raider reserves easily handled visiting South Robeson. The Lady Raider jayvees won their contest, 39-13, while the Raider men dominated their Mustang counterparts, 82-47.
The J.V. Lady Raiders' victory marked the basketball coaching debut of new Lady Raiders J.V. coach Vickie DeFrate.
The new coach has been getting to know her payers and instructing them in the fundamentals of the game for the past few weeks.
Tuesday night, it was time to hit the court and see how much the instruction had taken root.
So far, so good, DeFrate said — with the usual first-game caveats.
"We did some good things, but we have a lot to work on," DeFrate said.
The J.V. Lady Raiders played excellent defense, trapping the ball and getting a number of turnovers that were converted into points.
The J.V. Lady Raiders shut out the J.V. Lady Mustangs in the first quarter and led 21-4 at intermission.
But DeFrate said her team missed too many layups.
"I think some of that might have been nerves," DeFrate said.
The J.V. Lady Raiders were led by Kevyna Stanback, who had 15 points and also tallied a double-double with 11 steals.
Michelle Covington had 10 points and Kayla Union had eight.
Richmond J.V. men 82, South Robeson 47
Later, the J.V. Raiders placed four players in double figures en route to the season-opening win on their home floor.
Jalen McDonald led the way for Richmond with 18 points. Raheem Bowden added 15, Sidney Neely had 14 and Robert Williams chipped in with 13 for the J.V. Raiders.
Leading just 18-13 early, the J.V. Raiders broke the game open with a 25-point second quarter.
The J.V. Raiders return to action on Monday at Union Pines.
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