Lancaster adds two wins over W&L


by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Red Devils are winning and the fans are coming out to watch. The Lancaster High School gym was packed for the Monday night boys basketball game against Washington & Lee. The Devils won the game 65-53 to improve to 12-1 going into the final two weeks of the regular season. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Same teams, a few nights apart with a whole different outcome.

Lancaster allowed Washington & Lee to chip away at a deficit last Friday night to hold on for a 66-63 win. Three nights later when the two met again at Lancaster, the Red Devils let the Eagles know early in the outing it wouldn’t be that close again.

Lancaster opened up a 15-5 lead with six unanswered points and Gerrion Owens drilled a three-pointer with two seconds on the clock to give the Devils a 24-7 lead at the end of one. Lancaster went on to beat the Eagles, 65-53 but led by 20 midway through the fourth.

W&L cut the lead to 10, 59-49, before LHS coach Dwayne Pinn put his starting five back on the court to open the margin again.

Troy Henderson had the hot hand from outside, sinking four three-pointers on the night and finishing with 20 points, all in the first three quarters. He scored nine of Lancaster’s 14 in the second quarter. He also had eight of the Devils’ 15 in the third when LHS took a 53-30 lead.

Jeremy Smith added 11 points for LHS and Owens scored 10. Lancaster also got eight points each from Tyson Henderson and Darius Smith.

The Eagles also had three double digit scorers with Vaughn Harris leading the roster with 13. Brandon Washington and Jordan Saunders scored 11 each.

With the back-to-back wins over W&L, Lancaster improved to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Neck District. LHS will play Northumberland in Claraville tonight, January 28, and will travel to Essex, January 31.

Lancaster 66

W&L 63

Last Friday, Washington & Lee chipped away at a 13-point deficit with a 20-10 run in the fourth quarter that fell short.

After a point-for-point first quarter that ended with the host Eagles up by one, Lancaster scored five unanswered with a 22-17 run in the second to take a 38-33 lead at the half. J. Smith came off the bench to score nine of Lancaster’s 22 in the second quarter and was one of four double digit scorers for LHS.

The Devils opened up their lead with an 18-10 run in the third that included four three-pointers. Tr. Henderson sank two and finished with 17 points to lead all scorers.

Lancaster had trouble finding the basket from the floor in the fourth, with a field goal each by Tr. Henderson and Owens. Owens sank two free throws and Ty. Henderson four of his five foul shots for the remainder of Lancaster’s 10 points in the fourth. The Eagles rallied with a 20-point fourth quarter and got nine points from Washington and another five from Chris Lee.

Harris kept the Eagles in the game in the third with eight of his team’s 10 points. He finished with 14.

Saunders scored 15 to lead W&L. Washington had 13 and Harris 11.

Ty. Henderson finished with 13 for Lancaster, J. Smith scored 12 and X’Zaveion Owens contributed 10 in three quarters before suffering an injury.

Junior varsity

Terrell Diggs scored 13 points, including eight in the first half, Monday night to lead Lancaster over Washington & Lee, 37-33, in a junior varsity game.

The Devils won the outing at the line, sinking 10-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter and outscore the visitors 14-9 in the final eight minutes to come from behind for the win.

The Eagles held a one-point lead at halftime and stayed in front by one after an even 8-8 third quarter.

The Devils scored once from the field on a shot by Diggs in the fourth quarter and  added 10 from the line. 

Lamar Mattocks added 11 for the night for LHS.

Trevoy Jackson scored nine to lead W&L.