Conference playoffs games begin

Published 8:38 am Thursday, February 18, 2016

Both Randolph-Henry varsity boys and girls basketball teams will begin Courthouse Conference 37 tournament-play on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The No. 4 seeded boys will travel to Chatham, while the the No. 2 seeded girls team will trek to Dan River for a first-round matchup.

The R-H boys team (2-16) finished its season in style with a 55-43 win over Goochland.

The win followed a busy week for the Statesmen, who had to play four games in five days.

“We finally put it together,” coach James Graves said of the regular-season finale win.

“We have been playing very well since the second half of the LCA (Liberty Christian Academy) game (on Jan. 29). The games this (past) week seemed to be different than earlier in the season. The players began playing as a team and put forth a better effort to carry out the game plan on offense and defense.”

During the Goochland game, Sam Williams led the Statesmen with 17 points. Damian Dixon scored 14 points. All were scored in the second half alone, including eight from the foul line.

But, those two aren’t the only guys scoring high points on the team.

Nashiem Pettus scored a total of 31 points in the Statesmen’s last three games.

Sherrek Boyd has scored 16 points in the last three games, while Tremaine Pugh has scored a total of 31.

“Another improvement has been our efforts on the boards, especially on the defensive end,” said Graves.

“This is a big step for this team. Hopefully, we can use this game as a momentum-builder for the conference tournament. The season goes back to everyone being 0-0.”

The varsity girls (2-16) ended their regular season with a 55-15 loss to LCA. However, they did gain their second win of the season in their game before LCA when the team sped past Goochland for a 43-35 win.

Although their record may be deceiving, the girls team is led by a few Statesmen powerhouses.

Adrianne Nelson, Kiera Dodd and Cymirra Shuford are all players to watch.

If the boys when their first-round conference game, they will will advance to the second round of the tournament on Thursday. They will play Dan River, who had a bye in the first round of the tournament, at 6 p.m., if they win.

The championship game for the boys tournament will be held on Friday at 6 p.m.

If the girls team defeats Dan River on Wednesday, they will play Gretna, who had a frist-round bye, on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Gretna.

The girls championship game will also be played at 6 p.m. Friday.

Both teams will also advance to regional play, which was originally scheduled to begin on Friday.