The defending region 1A Champion Rappahannock Lady Raiders will take the week off during the District tournament. But the team has a very good opportunity at defending their next week in the region playoffs.
According to region tournament director Nathaniel Elliott, of Surry High School, Rappahannock joins six other teams that are likely to compete next week. But the pairings will not be made official until after all district tournaments are completed and a region meeting is held on Feb. 17.
In the final week of the regular season, Rappahannock soon lost their grip on the final spot of the district tournament. During this past week, Rappahannock dropped two games to regular season champion Lancaster and fourth seeded Essex.
Last week, Essex’s Jaelah Rivers had a team high 17 points in the 57-43 win over Rappahannock. Leading for the Lady Raiders was Selene Epps with 19 points.
Essex’s ZeNya Butler chipped in with nine points followed by Audasia Kelly with eight, Vicky Boone and Alyssa Brooks with six each, Shay Nelson with five, Kiara Williams with four and Ieyanna Johnson with two.
Rappahannock’s Cedara Ashton added to the scoring cause with 10 points followed by Lasheonia Smith with seven, Ashley Towles, Lexi Hanks with two and Keshawna Veney with one.
Then in the 61-54 lost to Lancaster, Shamerah Taylor scored 16 points for the Lady Red Devils. Rappahannock’s Selene Epps knocked down 18.
Lancaster’s Arkasia Sutton chipped in with 13 points followed by Sharda Beane with 11, Aleyah Davenport with 10, Anesha White with five, Trenae Henderson with four and Tomasia Kelly with two.
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With a hot start to the season, the Rappahannock High School Varsity Basketball was cooled off at the end of the district regular season last week. By week’s end, the team ended the season with an overall record of 6-12, 1-9 in the district.
In the Rappahannock 52-47 loss to Lancaster, Tyler Colding scored 16 points to lead all scorers. Rappahannock’s Thompson scored a tam high 10 points.
Lancaster’s Taj Smith chipped in with 13 points followed by Jovante Smith with 11, Ricky Gibson with nine, Trevon Taylor, Tykwon Redmond and Kedrick Lee each with two, and Chris Turner and Kaliq Noel with one point each.
Rappahannock’s Tylek Sorrell, Eammon Collins and Tevin Fisher all tied with nine points each, followed by Michael Gaines and Marcus Ball with two points each, and Dominique Fletcher with one.
In the last week of the regular season, Keith Bundy scored 15 points in the 58-32 road win over Rappahannock. The home team’s Marcus Byrd led with 14 points.
Essex’s Larry Hill chipped in with eight points followed by CJ Jones with six, D.J. Ashlock with seven, and Alex Balderson, Drew Balderson and Sterling Hammond with four each.
Rappahannock’s Tevin Fisher scored 11 points followed by DeShawn Thompson with four and Eamonn Collins with three.