Lady Devils off to a winning start on basketball court


by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster defeated Mathews last Friday for the first time since 2012 to cap a three-win opening week.

Lancaster took a four-point lead in the first quarter and stayed just ahead of the visiting Blue Devils for a 43-40. It marked the first win for LHS over Mathews’ girls in four years, according to LHS coach Joanne Webb-Fary.

Skyler Henderson led all scorers with 16 points, including 13 of Lancaster’s 17 points in the third quarter when she hit three three-pointers.

Lancaster took a 10-6 lead in the first quarter and led by two at the half. The Blue Devils pulled within one, 35-34, in the third. Skylar Sawyer scored three points and Lancaster sank four free throws to help its cause in the fourth to stay ahead of the Blue Devils.

Sawyer finished with eight points and Jasmyn Tomlin, six.

LHS 58, K&Q 11

The Lady Devils picked up a 47-point victory, 58-11, over King & Queen last Monday in the season opener when they got four points each from Nia Curry and Tomlin in the first quarter to take a 15-3 lead. Lancaster scored another 15 points in the second quarter for a 22-point lead at the half.

LHS held the Tigers to three points in the second half, all in the third quarter, and shut down the K&Q offense in the fourth.

Tomlin scored 15 points, including seven in the fourth, to lead nine LHS scorers. S. Henderson added 12 points.

LHS 69, CCHS 21

Tomlin scored a game-high 19 points to lead four, double digit scorers for Lancaster last Thursday when the Lady Devils routed Charles City, 69-21.

Tomlin put up 10 points in the third quarter when Lancaster commanded a 35-3 run to blow open an 11-point halftime lead to 42. Sawyer, Carli Henderson and Harmony Taylor chipped in five points each in the explosive third quarter, when Lancaster got scoring from nine different shooters.

Taylor scored 12 points on the night, including two three-pointers and S. Henderson added 11. Sawyer scored 10.

The Lady Devils will travel to Rappahannock County Friday, December 9, and King & Queen on Wednesday, December 14, before taking a week off for the holidays.

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