, 2014

Red Devils add two district wins

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster picked up a pair of Northern Neck District wins over Essex and Rappahannock last week to improve to 3-1 in the league and 12-2 overall.

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Lancaster’s Tyler Colding stretches for a lay-up over several Essex defenders. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

In a makeup game Friday night in Warsaw, Lancaster rode a 17-point halftime lead to a 67-57 win over the Raiders.

The Devils opened with a 17-6 run over the hosts, then outscored Rappahannock 18-12 in the second for a 35-18 lead at the half. Lancaster blew the contest open in the third with a 21-8 run, then coasted to the win.

The Raiders put 31 points on the board in a too-late effort in the fourth.

Tyler Colding led all scorers with 23 points and was the only double-digit scorer for LHS. The Devils did get scoring from 11 different shooters in a balanced attack. Ricky Gibson contributed nine points for the Devils and Brian Moody, Jovante Smith and Taj Smith scored six each.

Kelvonte Ellis scored 16 points to lead Rappahannock and Tevin Fisher scored 12.

Lancaster 49

Essex 43

Lancaster held Essex scoreless for over two minutes in the fourth quarter to end a Trojan comeback attempt and assure a 49-43 Red Devil win last Tuesday.

Lancaster led by as much as 10 points in the first half after opening with an 18-10 run, but allowed Essex to creep back in the second quarter and led by only four, 27-23, at the break.

The Trojans, with a 13-9 run in the second, got as close as one in the period.

Essex opened with a four quick unanswered points in the third quarter to tie the game at 27-27 before Lancaster pulled away again with a 13-7 run that put the host Devils ahead, 40-34.

The Devils opened with a 6-2 run in the first six minutes of the fourth to widen the gap to 10 points and held the Trojans scoreless until 1:40 left to play.

Colding led Lancaster with 18 points and Gibson scored 13.

Alonzo Tompkins led Essex with 11 points.

Lancaster will travel to Tappahannock for a rematch with the Trojans tomorrow night (January 25) and will host Washington & Lee next Tuesday, January 29.

In JV games, Tyrell Henderson scored 14 points to lead Lancaster in a narrow victory over Essex last Tuesday.

Lancaster took a 27-19 first-half lead and fought off a second-half comeback by the Trojans to edge Essex, 44-42.

Rasul Henderson hit two three-pointers and DaVante Stewart scored five points as the Devils jumped to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter. T. Henderson and Jordan Hodges scored four points each in the second quarter to help give Lancaster a one-point edge, 12-11, over the Trojans.

Essex gnawed away at Lancaster’s eight-point halftime lead with a 14-7 run in the third quarter that pulled the Trojans within two points.

T. Henderson sank four of six free throws and scored six of his total in the fourth quarter.

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