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Reagan White hits a mid-range jumper.

The Rappahannock Lady Raiders varsity basketball team began their NND week with a win over the Northumberland Lady Indians on Tuesday, January 28; then they traveled to the W&L Lady Eagles to snatch a victory on Thursday, January 30. The Lady Raiders offense and defense came out of the locker room ready to play; they put up 15 points and only allowed the Lady Indians 3 in the first period. They increased their output in the second quarter with 20 and the defense was just as stingy with one field goal allowed to lead (35-6) at the half. The home team gave up points in the second half, but an almost thirty-point advantage allowed them to cruise to a (57-42) win. The visitors Tanaya Seldon had a huge second half with twenty-four points and 28 for the game. Brianna Rich led the team with 18 points, Natasia Fauntleroy 14 pts, Eaden Sill 10 pts, NaKiya West 6pts, Reagan White 4 pts, Dayona Jackson 3 pts, and Candace Slaw 2 pts. At W&L the Lady Raiders had a one-point lead (4-3) at the 6:06 mark of the first quarter. The Lady Eagles went on a (2-13) run to go ahead (6-16) with 55 seconds to go in the first. The visitors cut the lead to six (10-16) at the end of the first. Rappahannock would stay within striking distance down by five (21-26) with 4:03 left in the second quarter; they made it a one-point game (25-26) at the 2:26 mark. Another spurt by the home team gave them a (25-33) advantage with 56 seconds left before halftime. Down by six (27-33) at the half, the Lady Raiders had some work to do. Rappahannock hoovered around a six to eight-point deficit throughout the third (29-37) at the 4:56 mark, (31-37) 3:24 mark, (35-41) with 1:25 to go and (37-43) with eight minutes to play. W&L was up by eight (41-49) with 5:14 to play. After forcing a couple turnovers, the Lady Raiders cut the lead to three (46-49) with 3:20 to go. With two minutes to play, the Lady Raiders were down (46-51) a basket made it (48-51) with 1:35 left. Head Coach Ellen Gaines had her team commit fouls to put the Lady Eagles on the free throw line in order to get the ball back on offense and the Lady Eagles missed the free throw attempts in the final minute. With the clock ticking down under thirty seconds, the Lady Raiders got a rebound and pushed the ball up the court; a pass to Dayona Jackson on the right wing gave her a wide-open look at a three pointer. She (Dayona Jackson) said, “I knew it was in when I let it go, I was sure I had made it.” They tied the score (51-51) with seconds left. NaKiya West swiped the ball from DeVonna Fisher with 15 seconds left that led to a fast break but the Lady Eagles got back to knock the ball out of bounds. Head Coach Ellen Gaines drew up her best out of bounds play that had Brianna Rich on the left block; she (Brianna Rich) sealed the defender received the ball then put it up and in for a (53-51) lead. This was their first lead since they were up (4-3) in the first period. W&L threw the ball in and attempted a long shot that did not fall, and the Lady Raiders won the game. Candace Slaw had 19 pts, 2 reb, 2 stl, Dayona Jackson 15 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl, Brianna Rich 8 pts, 4 reb, Demeriah Holmes 5 pts, 4 reb, Natasia Fauntleroy 4 pts, 3 reb, 2 blk, NaKiya West 2 pts, 6 ast, 2 stl. Rappahannock will be at Middlesex on Monday, February 3, home versus Essex on Tuesday, February 4 and Lancaster on Thursday, February 6.

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