Lockley leads MHS past Raiders
by Tom Hardin
The Middlesex High boys varsity basketball team begins Tidewater District play this week with a game at King William on Friday, January 4, and a home game against King and Queen on Tuesday, January 8.
The Chargers have won three straight district championships. However, with only one starter back, this year’s team has struggled to find consistency and has a 2-6 record against tough Northern Neck District competition.
Ryheem Lockley, the Chargers’ 6’4” guard/forward, is the lone returning starter for first-year coach Chris Walker. In fact, Lockley has started and been the team’s top scorer since his freshman year and has been named All-State twice. He averaged 21.6 points per game last season, and also led MHS in every other statistical category. This year, the high-flying Lockley is averaging 30.3 points per game.
In recent action, on December 18 the Chargers lost 73-55 at Lancaster. Lockley tallied 27 points to lead MHS; Bryant Gresham scored 13; Cullen Johnson and TJ Balderson had 4 apiece; Brett Carter, JD Diggs and Kaleb Wake added 2 apiece; and Zach Belcher scored 1.
On December 20, the Chargers downed Rappahannock 59-49 at MHS as Lockley scored 33 points, including two 3-pointers. Balderson scored 8, Gresham 7, Carter and Johnson 4 each, and Diggs 3.