R-H girls earn early big win:Improve to 1-1 with a 47-11 victory against visit Bluestone High School

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, December 12, 2018

While Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity girls basketball team was facing an overmatched opponent in the form of visiting Bluestone High School on Dec. 4, it was still an encouraging night for the Lady Statesmen as they earned their first win only two games into the 2018-19 season.

Fresh off a 1-19 season, Randolph-Henry matched that win total only seven days in this time around, spurring optimism for a much-improved season.

The Lady Statesmen achieved the victory last week via a 47-11 final score against the Lady Barons.

“Bluestone is probably down this year, pretty much kind of like we were last year, but I’m not taking anything away from my kids,” Randolph-Henry Head Coach D.J. Jack said. “They came out, and they played. We started working a little bit of man-to-man (defense) now …”

Employing this defense, the Lady Statesmen pressed the Lady Barons.

“We outscored them, I think it was 23-5 at halftime, something like that,” Jack said.

He pointed to two particularly solid defenders on his team — senior guard/forward Morgan Spencer and sophomore guard/forward Najada Robertson. They have helped give him confidence to develop the team’s defense on the individual level.

“We started about two weeks ago working man-to-man,” he said.Randolph-Henry had a variety of contributors, offensively, against Bluestone. Senior guard Anisha Marable led the way with 15 points, Spencer recorded 10 points, Robertson had nine and senior forward/center Alexis Wilmoth added seven.

Randolph-Henry (1-1) opened its season Nov. 27, falling 50-35 to host William Campbell High School.

The Lady Statesmen had been set to visit Prince Edward County High School on Tuesday, but this game was postponed due to the lingering impact of a major winter storm that hit the area over the weekend.

They will return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. at home against Amelia County High School, and then they will play in a tournament at Cumberland County High School over the weekend.

“We’ve got a good test coming up on Thursday with Amelia,” Jack said. “We’ll see what we’re made of.”