Richmond Hill High School basketball coach Elizabeth Bennett may finally be seeing a glimpse of the team she had envisioned being on the court this season. On Tuesday the Lady Wildcats played good defense along with having a balanced scoring attack.
A few things emerged during the ladies' 47-27 win over Windsor Forest on Tuesday that had to be as appealing to Bennett as it was to their fans.
One - someone other than Tyler Carlson led the scoring, Tay Reynolds took that honor with 14 points. Two - with other teammates helping pick up the scoring slack, Carlson was able to do something else with the ball besides shoot and had six assists for the game. Three - Richmond Hill dominated on the boards offensively and defensively, even if the offensive rebounds were not always converted to points. And Four - they started using the fast break as an offensive weapon.
Carlson’s jump stop shot in the lane ended the first period at the buzzer for the Wildcats and started the break up of what was a close game. Richmond Hill turned to a box and one defense in the second period and kept a body on the Knights' Dominique Walker.
Walker in turn would just stand in the corner of the court while her team mates played four on four with the Lady Cat Defenders. The unusual strategy went the host's way and Walker finished with just eight points while Richmond Hill easily outscored the Lady Knights the rest of the way.
In the second game the boys were handed their first loss of the season 58-49.
They took their 8-1 record on the road to region play at Thomson Friday night and will host West Laurens tonight at the Wildcat Gym.
While no loss is easy to take, especially the first after an impressive start, this hard fought setback may have come at just the right time. There is nothing like a wake up call when you are heading in to the meat of your schedule.
Chakiris Moss led Richmond Hill with 20 points and C.J. Bynum added 10. That was not enough to offset Windsor Forest top scorers : Brandon Mosely scored 20, Randall Black 17, and Steve White had 12 points.
Richmond Hill got off to a shaky start when Mosely led the Knights to an 18-9 start. But the Wildcat defense led by CJ Bynum’s four charge calls came back in the second and third periods -- but missed free throws, field goal attempts and some late turnovers doomed a valiant comeback try.