Rock the Ribbon: RC Girls Challenge Draft Early Before Falling, 66-32

Jonathan Schwab

Saturday, Jan. 21 – After putting up a challenge in the first half, the Rockbridge County High School girls basketball team went cold against the defensive pressure of Stuarts Draft and suffered a 66-32 loss on Saturday in Lexington.

The contest was the sixth game in the fourth annual Rock the Ribbon Shootout, a seven-game event raising money for the American Cancer Society.

The Wildcats (3-11) kept pace with Stuarts Draft (15-2) early on. Draft, the only team that’s beaten Parry McCluer this season, went up 13-6, but RC cut the lead to 13-12 at the end of the quarter, after a 3-pointer each from Emma Camden and Raeann Hosetter.

In the second quarter, Draft made shots and stops to go up by nine, but Emily Galford kept RC in the game, sinking two 3-pointers in the quarter. Draft led 30-22 at halftime. Galford scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half.

The second half was an entirely different story, as the Cougars applied their defensive press and 2-2-1 zone defense to stifle the Wildcats. Draft scored 21 unanswered points in just over six minutes to take a 51-22 lead. Turnovers were costly for the Wildcats, who committed 23 in the second half after just seven in the first half, for 30 total. Draft committed just 12 turnovers.

RC reserve Emily Agnor scored two inside baskets in the final two minutes for all four of the Wildcats’ third-quarter points, but Draft led 54-26 at the end of the period.

The Cougars went on a 12-0 run to increase their lead to 40 in the first half of the fourth quarter, and the teams played with a running clock for the rest of the game since the lead was over 30.

Aside from Galford, RC’s leading scorers were Camden with eight points and Maria Vargas with five.

Danielle Brenneman led Draft with 20 points, and Deborah Black added 15, sinking three 3-pointers.

For the full story and photos from this game, please see our Jan. 25 newspaper.




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