RC Girls Fall To Alleghany, 51-39

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Saturday, Jan. 26 – Despite leading for much of the game, the Rockbridge County High School girls basketball team fell 51-39 to Alleghany on Saturday morning at RC. The contest was the first game of the rescheduled second day of the sixth annual Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout, an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

The Wildcats (4-13) jumped to a 15-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and were ahead 24-18 at halftime, led by Emily Galford, who scored eight of her team-high 14 points in the first half. Galford sank four 3-pointers in the game.

Making jump shots and free throws, the Mountaineers (14-5) took the lead late in the third quarter before Kessa Hall hit a 3-pointer at the end of the period to put RC up 35-34.

In the fourth quarter, Alleghany forced turnovers and made shots a 15-0 run to put the game away.

The game was closer than when the two teams met in the season opener at Alleghany on Nov. 26, when the Mountaineers won 54-38.

Other than Galford, RC’s leaders were Hall with eight points, Kristen Bradley and Jorden Dunn with six each, and Phynely Stores with five. Dunn led the Wildcats with 15 rebounds and nine blocks. RC was missing two of its top players, Graceon Armstrong and Zoe Camden, who were traveling for volleyball and soccer, respectively.

Vanna Hoke led Alleghany with 17 points, sinking five 3-pointers, while Darcy Ross added 14 points and Maggie Rooklin chipped in 10.

The Wildcats will visit James River on Monday before returning to Valley District action on Tuesday at home against Broadway. Both nights will start with junior varsity action at 5:30 p.m.

For the full stories and photos from this week’s games, with photos from Rock the Ribbon, please see our Jan. 30 newspaper.

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