, 2014

Red Devils add
three district wins;
tournament play
opens Wednesday

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster takes a 6-2 Northern Neck District record into the final week of regular season play after picking up league wins over Washington & Lee, Essex and Colonial Beach.

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A Washington & Lee player goes over the back of Lancaster’s Keondra Owens (left) to smack down a rebound. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Devils improved to 15-3 overall with last week's victories and will wrap up the regular season tomorrow night (February 8) at home against Rappahannock.

Lancaster will host the Northern Neck District varsity tournament next week, beginning on Wednesday, February 13, with the semifinals. The district championship will be on Friday, February 15, at 8 p.m.

Lancaster came out of the locker room a different team in the second half of last Tuesday's Northern Neck District game with Washington & Lee.

The Devils held the Eagles to 17 points in the second half and walked away with a 55-39 win.

The two teams got off to a slow start, ending the first quarter in an 8-8 tie with Kwame Gray scoring six for the Eagles. Washington & Lee took its first lead two minutes into the second quarter, 12-11, before trading baskets with the homestanding Devils for the remainder of the half. Gray put up another six in the second quarter and W&L took a four-point lead, 22-18, into the half.

The Devils went on a 15-7 run in the third to regain the lead, 33-29, then outscored the visitors, 22-10, to pull away in the fourth.

Tyler Colding and Ricky Gibson combined for 31 of Lancaster's total with Colding scoring 18 points and Gibson 13.

Gray was the only double-digit scorer for W&L with 14 points.

Colding scored 17 points and Trevon Taylor 10 last Wednesday when Lancaster edged Essex, 40-39.

The Devils rode a first-half lead to the win.

Lancaster went up 10-6 in the first quarter and outscored the host Trojans, 18-9, in the second for a 13-point halftime lead. Essex stifled the Devil offense in the third with Lancaster scoring only two points in eight minutes.

The Devils stalled again in the third quarter of Friday night's away game at Colonial Beach.

Lancaster took a 30-25 lead at the half, then played even with the Drifters in a low-scoring third quarter to take a five-point lead in the final period. The Devils managed three unanswered points in the fourth for a 53-45 win.

Colding did the bulk of the work for Lancaster, scoring 25 points as the Devils' only double-digit scorer.

Montie Gould scored 17 points to lead the Drifters.

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