The Staunton River girls are close to clinching the Blue Ridge District basketball regular season after defeating Lord Botetourt for the second time last week.
Botetourt is scheduled to play at William Byrd today. The Cavaliers are 4-2 in the district with two to play while Staunton River is 5-0 with three to play, and the Eagles would have to lose two of their last three district games for the Cavs to have a shot. That’s unlikely as Staunton River is 17-1 overall and ranked sixth in the state in the Associated Press poll of Group AA teams.
“They’re a very good team,” said LB coach Chuck Pound. “They press you all game like Salem.”
LB had a 21-17 lead at the half but River turned it on in the third quarter and outscored the Cavs 21-9 to take the lead. The Eagles went on to a 50-34 win, holding LB to 13 second-half points.
“We had another one of those scoring droughts,” said Pound. “That pretty much sealed it up for them.”
Amanda Farmer led LB with nine points and Hannah Ward had seven.
On Thursday the Cavaliers bounced back with a 59-29 win over Alleghany in Daleville. Botetourt jumped out to a 19-0 lead and, although Alleghany cut the lead to 10, the Mountaineers never seriously threatened. The starters were on the bench with three minutes left in the third quarter. Jade Lewis led LB with 16 points and Macey Tyree had a career-high 12 to go with five rebounds.
That win gave the Cavaliers an 8-11 overall district mark. Tonight’s game with Byrd is “Play for a Cure” night and the girls will use a pink basketball to promote cancer awareness.
“The way we shoot, maybe it will help us,” said Pound.
On Friday the girls are scheduled to host Northside and, weather permitting, that will be the final home game. It will also be “Senior Night.”