Lancaster downs Chargers 69-52
Middlesex High showed improvement but it wasn’t enough to overcome a powerful Lancaster team in a boys varsity basketball game on December 9 on the Red Devils’ home court.
Lancaster led 36-26 at the half and 51-41 after three quarters.
The Chargers cut the LHS lead to six points with 6 minutes to play in the game, but the Devils cruised the rest of the way for a 69-52 win.
“We played much better offensively than the first game, but we had too many turnovers (24) and gave up too many easy baskets in transition defense and on second-chance offensive rebounds,” said first-year MHS coach Patrick Weller. “Lancaster has a talented and experienced team.“
Charger freshman forward Ryheem Lockley hit 7 of 9 field goal attempts and scored a team-high 17 for Middlesex. He also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 2 assists.
Tayvon Morning came off the bench to score 8 points and hauled down 6 rebounds for MHS; Jeremiah Morris and Cody Hunter each had 7 points and 3 rebounds; Michael Bess tallied 6 points and dished out 2 assists; Sean Sutherlin scored 3 points; and Davonne Bryant and Jaspar Smith each scored 2 points.
Tonight, December 17, Middlesex will travel to Rappahannock in a non-district game. The JV game starts at 6 p.m. and the varsity game follows at 7:30 p.m.
Both the December 7 and December 15 scheduled games against Essex and the December 22 game at Northumberland were postponed, and no make-up dates have been set.
Middlesex will host the MHS Holiday Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, December 28-29, at the John S. Clements Memorial Gym in Saluda.
In the semifinals on December 28 the schedule is as follows: 1 p.m., Grafton v. Tabb (girls); 3 p.m., Middlesex v. Northampton (boys); 5 p.m., Middlesex v. Northampton (girls); 7 p.m., York v. Grafton (boys).
On December 29: 1 p.m., the girls consolation game; 3 p.m., the boys consolation game; 5 p.m., girls championship game; 7 p.m., boys championship game.
York, Grafton and Tabb are Group AA schools.