ROCKINGHAM — Much like the boys team, the Richmond Senior girls basketball squad will have to shake off a few cobwebs after a two-week hiatus.
The Raiders take to the court today against Northern Durham in the opening round of the Eastern Alamance Holiday Hoopla Tournament.
“We are anxious to get back out there,” Richmond coach Nellie Harrington said. “I know the girls are looking forward to playing against somebody.”
The Raiders haven’t played since downing Lee County 64-36 on Dec. 14. The team was scheduled to play E.E. Smith on Dec. 20, but the game was canceled because the Golden Bulls were participating in the Cumberland County Holiday Classic.
In the Holiday Hoopla tournament, the Raiders will be competing with six other schools which made the postseason last year.
The Raiders’ first round opponent, Northern Durham, advanced to the 4A East Regional semifinals, but has gotten off to a rocky start this year. The Knights are 4-5 following a 35-29 win over East Chapel Hill on Dec. 20.
In bottom half of the bracket, Richmond will face the winner of the New Bern-Eastern Alamance contest. The Bears were eliminated in the second round of the 4A playoffs.
“We are looking forward to see where we stand against these teams,” Harrington said. “We will be ready.”
The Richmond-North Durham game is slated to tip-off at 5 p.m. In the tourney’s opening contest, Southeast Raleigh will take on Williams at 1:30 p.m., followed by Kinston battling Cedar Ridge at approximately 3. New Bern and Eastern Alamance will close out the first day at 6:30 p.m.
If the Raiders are victorious, they would face the winner of the nightcap at 6:30 p.m. Friday, while a loss would have the team playing at 3.
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