The Lord Botetourt girls will finish their first trip through the district tonight when the Cavaliers play an important basketball game at Northside. If Botetourt wins, that will set up a showdown at Staunton River next Tuesday.
Tonight’s game at Northside is key, because that would make LB 3-1 in the district after one time through. Staunton River is undefeated against Blue Ridge teams, but the Cavs could then tie Staunton River for the district lead with a win next week. First, however, are the Vikings.
“We can’t look past that game,” said Botetourt coach Chuck Pound. “Northside might be the best offensive team in the district. They’ve been struggling on defense, but they can score.”
LB has been just the opposite. The Cavaliers have played pretty well defensively but have been struggling on the offensive end.
“Every game, we have one stretch where we have trouble scoring,” said Pound. “We seem to be going through some kind of drought every game.”
Last week at Salem, it was the third period. Botetourt trailed just 20-18 at the half against the Spartans, who were undefeated at the time, but LB scored just two points in the entire third period. Salem ended up winning, 58-35. Alisha Lyle led LB with 10 points.
On Monday, the Cavaliers played host to Hidden Valley. Botetourt scored just 10 points in the first half of a 42-37 loss.
“We only scored 10 points in the first half, but we were still only down 10,” said Pound. “We just really struggled to score from about the middle of the first quarter until the half. We played good defense, but we had trouble scoring.”
Botetourt cut the lead to four at one point in the second half but couldn’t catch up. Amanda Farmer had 11 points to lead LB in that one and Lyle had nine.
The loss dropped LB to 6-10 overall, but the girls are 4-9 in non-district games and 2-1 against BRD teams. Two of the three Division 4 teams in the Blue Ridge will make the regional, so Botetourt has to beat out either Byrd or Staunton River to advance.
“If we can beat Northside and be 3-1 in the district we’ll be in good shape,” said Pound.