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Wildcat girls’ basketball improves to 3-0

POSTED: November 20, 2017 3:12 p.m.

The Richmond Hill girls’ basketball team ran its record to 3-0 with a pair of wins over the weekend in the Windsor Forest South Side Classic.

The Wildcats beat Ridgeland/Hardeeville 47-29 Friday, then followed that up with a 54-13 win over Windsor Forest on Saturday.

Richmond Hill did not allow the Knights to score in the second half of Saturday’s game.

“I was pretty pleased with our defensive intensity this weekend,” Coach Sarah Jones said. “Playing good, fundamental defense is one of our big keys this season, so we will continue working hard in practice to get better defensively as the season goes on.”

Javionna McDonald led the Wildcats in scoring both games, with 13 Friday and 14 Saturday. Danika Boyd scored 12 points Friday. Hannah Yontz had seven in each game.

“Both games got off to a slow start, but the second quarter and second half we really stepped it up offensively and defensively,” Jones said. “We have to find a way to come out ready to play from the jump and not wait to get going.”

The Richmond Hill boys’ team, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 after dropping both of its games at Windsor Forest over the weekend. The Wildcats lost 65-52 to Ridgeland/Hardeeville Friday and 57-55 to the host Knights on Saturday.

"I feel like we are moving in the right direction," Coach Bill Henderson said. "Even though we are sitting at 0-3, I feel like we have seen glimpses of what we are capable of."

In Saturday's game, the Wildcats trailed Windsor Forest 26-6 after the first quarter, only to lose by two with a shot at the buzzer to win the game that narrowly missed.

"Saturday night was a good test of character for us," Henderson said. "I was proud of the way the guys fought back and gave themselves a win."

Jeremy Foster led Richmond Hill in Friday's game with 11 points, while Eric Jones and D.J. Lewis each had nine. Jones scored 17 for the Wildcats Saturday.

Richmond Hill plays at Tattnall County Tuesday. The girls’ game begins a 5 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.

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