Sunday, 19 January 2020 17:29

Richmond basketball teams set for MLK, Jr. Day classics

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The Lady Raiders will play in the MLK Jr. Dream Jam at Terry Sanford on Monday. The Lady Raiders will play in the MLK Jr. Dream Jam at Terry Sanford on Monday. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — Although Richmond County Schools students and faculty will have Monday off to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Richmond Senior High School varsity basketball teams will hit the hardwood in a pair of holiday classics.

Lady Raiders looking for another win in Fayetteville

The Lady Raiders will look to continue to build momentum in the second half of their season by competing in the MLK Dream Jam at Terry Sanford High School. Richmond will play Village Christian Academy (7-7) at 1 p.m.

Richmond will be one of six girls’ teams competing in the event, and will play just one game, according to head coach Teddy Moseley. The Lady Raiders are coming off an impressive 51-43 win over rival Scotland High School on the road Friday.

Also playing in the Dream Jam are host Terry Sanford and Freedom Christian Academy (11 a.m.) and Cape Fear High School and Trinity Christian School (2:30 p.m.). Following the girls’ tournament will be a six-team boys’ event.

The Lady Raiders sit at 11-5 on the season, and will look to senior point guard Keionna Love to lead the team to another win. She’s averaging a team-best 13.1 points per game this season and netted 19 points against the Lady Scots.

Moseley is expected to return to the team after missing Friday’s game due to a death in his family.

Raiders to play Red Springs in hopes of returning to win column

The Raiders will head to Red Springs High School and play the host Red Devils (7-8) in the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. Tipoff between the two non-conference teams is set for 6 p.m.

Richmond and head coach Donald Pettigrew suffered just their second Sandhills Athletic Conference loss of the season on Friday, dropping a road game to Scotland. Pettigrew noted the team is anxious to get back on the hardwood to get the “bad taste” out of its mouth.

On the season, the Raiders are 11-5 overall and is 6-3 against non-conference opponents. Playing on the road, Richmond is also 4-1 (not including neutral sites). 

Junior forward Nygie Stroman is averaging 14.5 points per game this season, and has been the go-to player for the Raiders on offense. But seniors Quamir Sivels (7.7 PPG) and Jarvis Tillman (7.1 PPG), along with junior point guard PJ McLaughlin (7.6 PPG), will look to rekindle Richmond’s offense and return to the win column.

ROSports will be at both games Monday, and will update each one live on Twitter. Follow us at @ROSports_.

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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