There were undoubtedly moments of confusion for those tracking a boys’ basketball game between two schools commonly known as Rappahannock.
Thursday night, Warsaw’s Rappahannock High School took on Rappahannock County.
Fortunately, for fans of the Warsaw squad, the teams were close in name only.
The Raiders of Warsaw demolished the Panthers of Rappahannock County, 62-28.
“We were in control the entire game,” said Raider coach Jonas Ankrom. “Our press gave Rappahannock County lots of trouble, which led to easy points. We were able to dictate the tempo of the game with our defense. We are still turning the ball over too much but we improving as a team from game to game,” he added.
Marcus Byrd and Tevin Fisher led all scorers with 14 points each. Fisher accounted for all of the Raiders’ three pointers, hitting three and going three of four from the line. As a team, the Raiders eight of 16 from the line.
The Raiders move to 5-1 with the victory.
Coach Ankrom believes his squad is starting to gel. “We are really working on playing and coming together as a team. We have a great team but still need a lot of work on fundamentals. We have to start taking better care of the basketball and limit our turnovers. We are still learning about ourselves and how we play best but our press can be very effective. On the offensive side of the ball, we are still learning our sets and learning how to take a great shot every time down the court,” he said.
Recent practices have been beneficial, he added. “This week we have been able to have some practice time to work on our weaknesses,” he said. And these practices will be beneficial when the Raiders visit Montross to take on Washington and Lee in the Holiday Classic on December 27. “We have a very big game coming up which will let us know where we stand in the conference. If we are able to take care of the ball, get our press, and control the emotion of the game, we should have a very good chance of coming out on top,” Ankrom said.