Richmond Hill senior Montest Bumpers hit a free throw with two seconds left to give the Wildcats a 49-48 win at home Tuesday night in Region 2-AAAAAA play over Glynn Academy.
It was the region opener for Richmond Hill, who move to 13-3 overall. Bumpers also scored a team-high 25 points. The Terrors had hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with five seconds left before Bumpers was fouled.
Richmond Hill coach Bill Henderson was happy with the outcome.
"I’m very proud of the way our guys fought through some adversity last night. Even when things weren’t going our way, the guys stayed with the game plan and fought hard for the victory," he said. "We struggled finishing around the basket in the first half, but thankfully we were playing fairly well defensively to keep the game within reach until shots started falling. Overall though, very pleased with the effort and happy for the guys to be able to pick up their first region win."
The Wildcats host Effingham County in another region game at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Rebels will also be a tough opponent, but Henderson doesn’t expect any cakewalks down the stretch.
"The region schedule is going to be very tough, and I think any one of the teams could knock off the others on a given night," he said. "We are going to have to make sure that we stay focused on each game as they come and make sure that we bring our very best effort in each game."
But the Wildcats are beginning to be where their coach thinks they should be.
"We are starting to see some improvement in the areas that we were struggling on earlier in the season, and the guys are working hard in practice to keep getting better each day," Henderson said.
Richmond Hill’s Lady Wildcats lost to Glynn 40-36 to fall to 7-9, 0-1. No player information was available.
The girls host Effingham County at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The Bryan County girls and boys teams continue their season Friday at Jeff Davis.