The Lord Botetourt boys and girls will meet in a quadruple-header at James River High School this Saturday. A full day of Botetourt County hoops will begin at 2 pm and end sometime around 10 pm Saturday night.
The action starts when the River and LB jayvee girls play at 2 pm, followed by the girls varsity game. The jayvee boys are scheduled for 6 pm, with the boys varsity game to follow.
One price of five dollars will allow you to see all four games, but only if you stay in the gymnasium area. If you leave the building and come back you’ll have to pay again for readmission.
Last Wednesday was an odd day for the county teams, as two teams picked up their first wins on the same day another team lost for the first time. The Lord Botetourt boys and James River girls both picked up their first wins while the James River boys lost for the first time, albeit in double overtime on a half court shot.
The Botetourt boys defeated Glenvar, 60-42, for their first win after nine losses. Glenvar remained winless at 0-7 win the loss.
Botetourt had the Highlanders doubled up, 36-18, by the half. Dalton Hargrove led LB with 19 points while Justin Cox and Brady Waldeck had 10 each.
On the same night in Buchanan, the James River boys took their first loss of the season, 74-71, in double overtime. The game seemed destined to go into triple overtime when Malcolm McCoy of the Minutemen threw one in from half court at the end of the second OT to stun the holiday crowd in Buchanan. The court at River is one of the longest in the Roanoke Valley and the shot traveled about 50 feet to win the game.
“We can’t consider the last shot to be the focus of the game,” said River coach Mike Goad. “We had opportunities throughout the game, and we had a four point lead in overtime. We didn’t play defense like we can, and that irked me. It didn’t make my Christmas food taste as good as it would have if we had won the game.”
Liberty led 31-25 at intermission, but River stormed back to take a 45-43 lead after three quarters. It was 63-63 at the end of regulation and 67-67 after the first overtime period.
River had four players in double figures, topped by Chris Ware’s 27. Jordan Talbott had 11 and Patrick Bennett and Ethan Humphries had 10 each. Andrew Tucker had nine points. Liberty was 12 for 22 on three pointers.
“They got too many good looks,” said Goad.
The loss dropped River to 5-1 on the season and the Knights were scheduled to play a home game with Alleghany on Tuesday. The Knights needed overtime to beat the Mountaineers in a previous game in Low Moor.
Earlier that day the James River girls picked up their first win of the season, as they beat the Alleghany girls in Buchanan, 54-37.
“We finally got much needed scoring from our post players and converted from the free throw line,” said River coach Dan Bowser.
Cheyenne Falls had 17 points and seven rebounds, Chelsea Rodriguez added 15 points, and Whitney Wampler added eight points off the bench for the Knights. Brooke Ware had four points and 10 rebounds as River improved to 1-6.
“We did key things that have been missing from our play… we played great defense, limited turnovers, were patient on offense and shot 71 percent from the free throw line,” said Bowser.
Lord Botetourt’s girls defeated Blacksburg last Tuesday, 46-41, in Daleville. The Cavs trailed 41-33 with about five minutes to play but shut the Bruins out for the remainder of the game.
“Defense was huge,” said coach Chuck Pound. “Kennedi VanRavestein spurred our defensive effort. We put her on their best guard and she did a great job of shutting her down.”
Jade Lewis led LB with 12 points and eight rebounds while Alisha Lyle had a dozen points. Amanda Farmer had five assists for LB as the Cavs improved to 2-4 on the season.
“It was a nice win, because we felt like we should have beaten them when we played down there,” said Pound. “It was two evenly matched teams.”
The Cavaliers are in the three-day Terrier Christmas Classic at William Byrd this week, which is scheduled to finish on Wednesday. Results were too late for holiday deadlines.
Next week the girls host Brookville Monday. On Tuesday the LB boys are home to Heritage and the swimmers are at Northside, while River’s girls open their Pioneer District schedule at Parry McCluer.
A week from today, on January 6, the LB girls host Byrd in their district opener, the wrestlers are at Northside, and River’s boys open Pioneer play with a home game against Parry McCluer.