by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster is making its run through the Northern Neck District, beating Northumberland twice in 48 hours last week and blowing out Colonial Beach by 64 points to start the three-game series.
The Red Devils are now 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the district as the clear favorite in the upcoming district tournament. Lancaster has three regular season games remaining, including a home game Friday, February 2, against Rappahannock. The district tournament semifinals are scheduled for February 12 at the higher seeds and the championship will be February 14 at the high seed.
The Devils stumped Northumberland back-to-back last week, beating the Indians in Claraville, 78-31, on January 25 then defeating NHS, 83-63, at Lancaster in a weather-related make-up game on January 27.
The Saturday contest was a closer one with the Indians keying on the district’s leading scorer Troy Henderson, who just a week earlier broke the LHS career scoring record.
Northumberland came out with a game plan, boxing Henderson, double and triple teaming him and taking his shots away. It worked for the first half, when he was held to nine points, including three on foul shots. The game was tied, 31-31, at halftime.
But as is the case in most contests, the Devils turned up the heat and the offense in the second half with….