by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster struggled to find the goal early last Friday against Colonial Beach and spent the rest of the game playing catch-up. The Lady Devils couldn’t close the gap as the Lady Drifters walked away with a 36-20 win in varsity girls basketball.
Skyler Henderson scored the first goal for Lancaster with nine seconds left in the first quarter as CB took a 8-2 lead.
Finding their rhythm, the Lady Devils opened the second with seven unanswered points to get as close as one, 8-7, before giving up an 8-1 run to the visitors to trail 16-8 with a minute to go in the half.
CB held Lancaster to a pair of field goals from Jasmyn Tomlin and Khalia Harding in the third as the Drifters opened their lead to 16.
Tomlin led Lancaster with five points.
There was no lack of scoring for Lancaster last Tuesday when Skylar Sawyer had a game high 17 points to lead 10 scorers in a 62-26 rout of Washington & Lee.
Lancaster held the Lady Eagles scoreless in the first quarter with 14 unanswered points and took a 31-13 lead into the half. Sawyer scored seven in the first and another seven in the third when the Lady Devils went on an 18-7 run to blow the game open and take a 29-point lead.
Nia Curry added nine points for Lancaster, while Harmony Taylor and Tomlin scored eight each.
The Lady Devils, now 11-7, head into the final week of regular season play at home tonight, February 2, against Rappahannock. LHS will end the season on the road at Essex next Tuesday, February 7, at Essex.
In JV action, Lancaster’s Demetria Carter nearly tripled Colonial Beach’s entire team scoring last Friday night as the Lady Devils beat the Lady Drifters, 42-6.
Carter scored 15 points, including seven in the first quarter and five in the fourth, and Abria Jackson spread out 12.
Lancaster took a 9-4 lead in the first quarter then held CB scoreless in the second for a 16-point lead at the half. The Lady Devils opened the margin to 23 in the third with a 9-2 run. That lone third-quarter field goal accounted for all of Colonial Beach’s scoring in the second half. Lancaster put up 13 unanswered points in the fourth with five points from Carter and four from Jackson.
Lancaster struggled through a scoreless second quarter last Tuesday against Washington & Lee when the Eagles opened up a five-point first quarter lead and went on to beat the Lady Devils, 39-12.
The host Eagles put up six unanswered in the second quarter to take a 15-4 lead into the locker room then held Lancaster to three points, all from Shampane Redmond, in the third to open the lead to 25.
Lancaster only got scoring from three shooters with Redmond leading with seven points.