The big news in Rappahannock basketball last week was the guys breaking through that glass ceiling and recording their first win of the 2021-2022 season. They did it with a convincing 63-36 win at Colonial Beach last Friday. Otherwise it had been a long week with loses on Tuesday to Lancaster, 85-37, and to Essex on Wednesday.
On the other side of the court, the Lady Raiders continued their march to a regional playoff slot with wins at Lancaster, 53-33, and home against King and Queen on Thursday, 55-43. Lancaster is going through a dry spell this season, “They are not the team they used to be,” commented Raider coach Ellen Gaines.
Candace Slaw continues her hot shooting hand with a game high of 27 points. The K&Q game was a little tougher than the Raider ladies had expected. “We played well,” stated Gaines, “They weren’t bad.” Slaw blew in 29 points to lead the Rappahannock attack with Elizabeth Dameron hitting for eight.
As it stands now, the Lady Raiders are holding down the fourth or fifth regional slot and are poised to make it to the Region A playoffs.
On the guys side, Lancaster continues to clean up the Northern Neck District on their way to the championship and the top seed in the Region A playoffs with an 85-37 win. Rappahannock was not able to put any players into the double-figure scoring bracket. Against Essex, Mark Delano scored 19 points.
In the Colonial Beach, 63-36 win, Demetrius Parker led the team with 20 points and Delano hit for 17. Coach Jonas Ankrom said, “We were able to keep pressure on them full court picking up 31 turnovers.”