ASHLAND, Va. – The Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets faced a tough task in the second half, but overcame a comeback bid by the Apprentice Builders, defeating the visitors 72-71 in non-conference action on Tuesday night in Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets moved to 3-1 on the season while the Builders fell to 2-3.
Randolph-Macon and Apprentice traded many of the first 12 points of the contest, with the Builders tying the contest at six. But a free throw and a field goal by sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) and a layup by sophomore Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) pushed the Yellow Jackets ahead 11-6. That run allowed R-MC to get a critical lead as Apprentice shot well in the first quarter – 40%. R-MC shot just a touch better at 43.8% from the field. R-MC took the 22-17 lead into the second quarter. Woods led the team with six points in the period, while Williams pulled down seven rebounds.
R-MC opened the second period with a layup by Williams with junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) and freshman Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) adding layups within the first three minutes. R-MC struggled with turnovers in the period though – ending up with 11 in the quarter –which led to six points for the Builders. Williams finished the second quarter strongly though, with four layups in the last three minutes. They were the only points for either team in the last three minutes of the quarter. R-MC had the 42-30 advantage at halftime.
R-MC came out in the second half with a pair of big field goals that pushed the lead to 13. R-MC took its biggest lead of the game – 18 -- with 4:36 to go in the quarter on a layup and free throw by junior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York). But Apprentice outscored R-MC to end the period, going on an 11-4 run that brought the Yellow Jacket lead to under ten points heading into the final frame.
Apprentice kept its run going in the fourth quarter. The Builders went on a 10-2 run over the first two and half minutes, bringing the score within one. R-MC pulled away with field goals by Wisner and senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) and a free throw by Woods. But Apprentice kept threatening, bringing the score within one again at 4:25 to go in the game. Down the stretch, R-MC matched Apprentice, each scoring six points in the final four minutes -- but the strong first half lead helped secure the victory for Randolph-Macon.
Williams finished with another double-double secured by halftime – a feat she's done in each game so far this season. She finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds. She also had three blocks and a pair of assists. Woods and Reynolds each finished with nine points. Reynolds dished out five assists while Woods pulled in five rebounds. Off the bench, Knobloch finished with eight points and a pair each of assists and rebounds. Wisner also had eight points and three assists and tallied four steals as well. Wade finished with eight points and three assists. Freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) tallied seven points as well.
Both teams took advantage of the other's mistakes, as R-MC tallied 26 points off turnovers while Apprentice put up 22 off giveaways. In the paint, R-MC finished with 50 of its 72 points.
Randolph-Macon returns to Crenshaw Gymnasium to face its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent of the year when the Washington and Lee Generals come to town. The game tips off at 7:00 PM.