By Rob Witham
College Basketball: Down 58-47 with 7:26 left in their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball game Saturday, the Randolph-Macon women’s team went on a 15-0 run, shutting the Wasps out completely the remainder of the game to earn a 62-58 victory, handing Emory and Henry their first ODAC loss, while improving the Yellow Jackets to 3-1 in league play, 8-4 overall.
Amber Lee (Patrick Henry) had eight of the game’s final fifteen points, beginning with back-to-back layups to cut the deficit to seven. A Kelly Williams free throw at 3:49 to go cut the lead to a single point at 58-57, then Williams returned to the line scoring on one of two attempts to tie the game.
When Williams scored on a layup with 1:20 to go, Randolph-Macon took its first lead since the first period. During the Yellow Jacket comeback, Emory and Henry went 0-for-11 from the field, missed two free throws, and committed four turnovers.
Williams ended with a season-high 25 points plus 13 rebounds, registering her ninth double-double of her freshman season in just twelve games. Lee’s total of 18 points is a season-high, and the junior added nine rebounds.
Emory and Henry led by 13 at halftime, and showed no signs of relinquishing the built advantage until the complete turnaround by the Yellow Jackets in the final 7:26 of the game. The Yellow Jackets travel to Guilford Saturday before returning to Crenshaw Gymnasium Tuesday to host Shenandoah at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the men’s team got a dominant performance Saturday at Bridgewater, rolling past the Eagles 77-53 as senior Michael Taylor paced the Yellow Jackets with a season-high 21 points. The win was Randolph-Macon’s fifth straight, keeping them unblemished in the ODAC with a 4-0 mark.
The Yellow Jackets enjoyed dominant play in the paint, scoring 40 of their 77 points there, while 42 of their points were from bench contributors, led by Montese Adams’ 13 points in 24 minutes on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor. Korey Turner and Grayson Midulla each added seven points as twelve different Yellow Jackets scored in the contest.
Randolph-Macon hosted arch rival Hampden-Sydney Wednesday night in a game played after press deadline. Consult our Facebook page for game results. The Yellow Jackets are home to Roanoke this Saturday at Crenshaw Gymnasium, tip time set for 2 p.m.
Swimming: King George defeated Hanover Friday in a meet held at the Brock Center at Randolph-Macon College. The Hawk men won their portion 95-75, while the Foxes women were victorious over Hanover 131-39.
Patrick Townsend set a new school record for the Boys 50 Freestyle, going 22.97, while the Boys 200 Free Relay team of Townsend, Carson Sizemore, Marshall Brooks and Jonathan Moss broke that school record, finishing in 1:33.78. Sizemore and Townsend were joined by Delaney Kassab and Ross Newton to win the Boys 200 Medley Relay in 1:47.94.
Other Hanover winners included Brooks in the Boys 200 Free in 1:58.44, Newton in the Boys 200 Individual Medley in 2:13.34, and Moss in the Boys 500 Free in 5:15.94. Townsend returned to win the Boys 100 Butterfly in 52.81.
Last Wednesday in a meet with Virginia High School League (VHSL) newcomer J.R. Tucker and traditional rival Colonial Heights, Atlee was victorious at Brock Center, defeating the Tigers 212-124 and besting the Colonials 257-69.
Several Raiders won multiple events, including junior Sonora Baker in the Girls 200 Free (2:02.31) and 100 Back (1:02.41), sophomore Ashley Zicafoose in the Girls 50 Free (26.35) and 100 Free (56.85), and Olivia Fisher in the Girls 100 Butterly (1:02.00) and 200 Individual Medley (2:16.78).
Freshman Logan Amatruda won the Boys 100 Butterfly in 57.86, nipping Chad Knapik of J.R. Tucker by .04 of a second, while sophomore Roger Humberson won the Boys 100 Free in 53.66, and freshman Harrison Lambert cruised to victory in the Boys 500 Free by 47 seconds, finishing in 5:36.42.
Swimmers from across the county are scheduled to compete in the Kecoughtan Invitational this Saturday at the Midtown Aquatic Center in Newport News, traditionally the biggest regular season meet of the Virginia swimming season.