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Richmond Hill on a roll in boys, girls hoops
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Heading into Friday night's game at Ware County, both the boys' and girls' basketball teams at Richmond Hill High School were on a roll.
Regardless of the outcomes of Friday's games, it's been a good couple of weeks for both teams.
The Lady Wildcats, after all, hadn't lost since they fell to No. 2-ranked Statesboro a few days before Thanksgiving. The Wildcats, last setback was Dec. 13 to No. 10 Effingham County.
Both RHHS teams continued their winning ways on Tuesday night, with the Wildcats pulling out a 78-67 win over visiting Wayne County while the Lady Wildcats downed the Lady Yellow Jackets 51-29.
"We had good runs and bad runs," said RHHS girls' coach Elizabeth Bennett. "We are battling a few injuries and people are having to play out of their comfort zone, however, I feel like in the long run it will only make us better."
Aliyah Johnson and Keeara Jackson paced RHHS with 14 points each while Jackson grabbed 10 rebounds. Sydney Millek chipped in eight points for the Lady Wildcats (11-1, 2-0 in Region 2A-AAAA)
Bennett also praised the way her team was playing close to the basket.
"I have become very pleased with our post play," Bennett added. "We are aggressive and smart down low and it puts a new dimension to our game."
In the boys' game, senior Spencer Buck poured in a career-high 38 points for the Wildcats, who upped their region record to 2-0 and their overall mark to 9-3.
"I am happy we won and Spencer had a career game," Wildcats coach Wililam Altman said. "But we will have to really look at the defensive mistakes we made and get better."
Still, Altman credited the Yellow Jackets for keeping the game close behind Krenwick Height's 22 points, Savan Walthour's 15 and Shaquille Morgan's 12.
"Wayne County deserves a lot of credit. Their speed and quickness make them hard to defense," he said. "I was really pleased that we responded after being down early and that shows a huge amount of growth and maturity as a team."
James Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds, Kody Morales finished with 12 points and Jeremiah Hill scored 10 points for the Wildcats who play host to South Effingham tonight.

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