by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Micaila Coleman scored a game high 21 points and nearly equalled Lancaster’s total last Tuesday as Nottoway beat the Lady Devils, 60-27, in a varsity girls basketball holiday tournament at Surry.
The Lady Cougars won their own tournament by edging Lafayette, 49-48, in the championship game. Nottoway’s win over Lancaster came in the consolation game.
Nottoway wasted little time taking control, jumping to a 22-10 lead in the first quarter and going up 38-21 at the half with 11 points from Coleman and nine from Nikiara Booth.
Coleman put up 10 points in the third quarter when Nottoway went on a 22-2 run to take a 60-23 lead into the fourth quarter. Nottoway stifled Lancaster’s offense, holding the Lady Devils to a lone field goal by Harmony Taylor.
Skylar Sawyer scored half of Lancaster’s first quarter points and finished as the only player in double digits with 10 points. Jasmyn Tomlin scored seven.
In the first round game, Surry held off a third quarter charge and held Lancaster in single digits for a 49-37 win.
The host Lady Cougars took a 30-17 lead at the half after holding the Lady Devils to only six points off a field goal each by Sawyer, Tomlin and Taylor in the second quarter. C. Henderson scored seven of her nine points in the third quarter as Lancaster outscored Surry, 13-8, in the third to cut the margin to eight. S. Henderson led Lancaster in scoring with 11 points.
Lady Devils season preview
Sophomore C. Henderson will give Lancaster height under the basket this season as a starting forward/center. She is backed up by freshman newcomer Khalia Harding.
Coach Joanne Webb-Fary has only two seniors on her team, including returning guards Nia Curry and Tomlin. Four juniors suit up for Webb-Fary this season including center Katara Kelly, guard Lanaisha Dameron, and guards/forwards S. Henderson and Kashya Johnson.
Sophomores Nealasia Redmond and Sawyer will play guard along with freshmen newcomer Taylor.
“Our team has potential, but there needs to be a total team commitment to be the best we can be,” said Webb-Fary. “If they work hard, listen to coaching and play with confidence, they’ll be hard to beat.”
Jan. 5 at Colonial Beach
Jan. 9 at Mathews
Jan. 12 at Rappahannock
Jan. 14 at Middlesex
Jan. 17 Northumberland
Jan. 19 Essex
Jan. 20 Rappahannock County
Jan. 24 at Washington & Lee
Jan. 27 Colonial Beach
Jan. 31 at Northumberland
Feb. 2 Rappahannock
Feb. 7 at Essex