The Lord Botetourt girls will play host to James River on Friday night in the first of two intra-county games between the two local teams.
Botetourt opened the season last week with two losses, both to quality teams. The Cavaliers dropped their opener to Salem in Daleville, 61-41, then fell at Brookville last Friday, 41-37. The Cavs hosted Blacksburg on Tuesday but results were too late for publication.
In the opener against Salem the Spartans had too much speed and depth for the host Cavaliers. Botetourt shot 44 percent, which is usually good enough to win in girls basketball, but Salem’s pressure gave LB some problems.
“We turned the ball over too often,” said coach Chuck Pound. “Their quickness gave us some trouble. When we got the ball inside we did well. I saw some good things.”
Botetourt trailed by just three, 15-12, after one quarter but the Spartans made a run just before the half and opened the lead to 11, 34-23, at intermission. LB stayed close through the third quarter but another Salem run early in the fourth blew the game open.
Jade Lewis led LB with 13 points and Alisha Lyle had 10. Amanda Farmer had six assists.
On Friday at Brookville the girls lost a close one to the Bees. Botetourt trailed by three in the final minute and had the ball, but couldn’t hit the big shot to draw even.
“It was a good defensive game,” said Pound. “We had some trouble scoring but we hung in there.”
Botetourt trailed by 13 in the second quarter but a seven-point run cut the lead to six and the Cavs competed from that time on. That’s a good sign, as Brookville has essentially the same team that beat LB in the regional semifinal last year at Northside.
“They really didn’t lose anyone, and to play them down there and only lose by four isn’t bad,” said Pound. “We saw some good things.”
Farmer and Macey Tyree had eight points each to lead LB. Lyle had seven rebounds.
LB was home to Blacksburg Tuesday and Friday, River is here. Next week the Cavaliers host Floyd County on Tuesday, and the Buffaloes always have a strong team.
“They’re well-coached and they like to run and press,” said Pound. “It should be a good game.”