SOUTHERN PINES — In the midst of an 8-game losing streak, the Richmond Senior girls basketball are trying to find small victories on the court.
Despite turning the ball over 36 times against Pinecrest, the Raiders were within seven points with just under four minutes left to go in the contest. They were unable to pull any closer in falling to their Southeastern Conference rival, 47-35, in the third-place contest in the ninth annual Holiday in the Pines Tournament Saturday afternoon.
The Patriots took advantage of the miscues and their height advantage in the win. Forward Felicia Painter scored 20 points and pulled down 20 rebounds, while center Janea Williams added 11 points and 15 boards in the win.
“We were a few turnovers away from a win and they know it,” Richmond coach Victoria DeFrate said about her team. “We have to find a way to get the ball up the court.”
After being limited to 15 points in a loss to Chapel Hill in the opening game of the tournament, Richmond (2-8) seemed destined for another rough outing after scoring a single point in the first quarter.
Shaquail Wall had other ideas.
Wall scored 10 of the Raiders’ 14 points in the second period to keep the game close. Wall had two three-point field goals and two other baskets, including a runner in the lane to trim the deficit to 18-15 at halftime. Wall finished with a team-high 16 points, while Jade Evans added eight despite missing the majority of the first half because of foul trouble.
Pinecrest recaptured the momentum after the break, outscoring Richmond 16-2 in the first 4 1/2 minutes. Painter was the catalyst during this stretch, scoring 11 points and hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing, which helped the Patriots put the game away.
The Raiders will return to action 6 p.m. Jan. 2 when they travel to face Anson.
“We’re going to get in the gym and work on things,” DeFrate said.
In the championship contest, Chapel Hill improved to 9-0 on the season with a 54-49 win over Hough.
Autumn West scored a team-high 13 points for the Tigers, while Tamia Eatmon and Jamella Smith each netted nine in the win.
Raiders place 3rd in wrestling tournament
FRANKLINVILLE — Devontae Watkins and Jacob Staub finished first in the 145- and 182-pound weight divisions to help Richmond Senior take third in the Providence Grove Invitational on Saturday.
Morehead won the event, followed by Dudley.
Watkins pinned East Montgomery’s Connor Talbert and Dudley’s Carlos Marsh before defeating Morehead’s Dabbs Tyler by decision, 5-1. Staub pinned both of his opponents — Gustavo Moreno from Atkins and Javon White from Dudley.
Gary Blue, Randy Altman and Deion Davis took second in their weight classes, while Trinity Hunt and Richard Lassiter finished third. Dante Davis, Corey Covington and David Watkins were fourth.
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