FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls), junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) and sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy) hit huge field goals down the stretch, while junior Kelsey Wisner and freshman Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) hit their free throw opportunities in a 70-63 victory over the Lycoming Warriors. The game concludes the Yellow Jackets' appearance at the Cruzin Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
In a defensive first quarter, R-MC (8-1) held the Warriors (7-3) to shooting 20% from the floor. The score was locked at a Warrior 3-0 lead for nearly three minutes of play until Lycoming added a pair of free throws to take the 5-0 advantage. R-MC hit its first points at the 4:17 mark in the first and quickly advanced to take the lead 10-9 in the quarter. Williams had six points and six rebounds in the quarter, while Wade added three points and a rebound.
The second quarter featured more offense than the first. R-MC found itself with the lead after Williams hit a free throw and a field goal, while Knobloch hit a three with 4:17 to go in the period to get more separation. The Yellow Jackets took a 29-23 lead into the second half. Freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) led the team in the second quarter with eight points on a pair of three-pointers plus two free throws. Williams had five points in the period as well.
Lycoming opened the third quarter with the hot hand. After a pair of opening field goals for R-MC, the Warriors took the lead with a 6-0 run, taking the game to the 6:25 mark. The game became a trading of baskets and the lead through the middle of the period. There were seven lead changes and three ties through the entire third quarter, including two ties in the final two minutes of action. Arrington was the go-to again for the Yellow Jackets with six point and a pair of rebounds. Lycoming had the 50-48 lead to head into the final period.
The team continued to trade baskets until the 6:23 mark of the fourth; that's when Knobloch hit a layup which put the Yellow Jackets up for good. Wade hit a three-pointer with about five minutes to go, while Williams made a layup with 4:35 to go and Reynolds made a jumper at the 3:13 mark to ensure R-MC got more separation coming down the stretch. The Warriors threatened, bringing the score within three, but Wisner and Knobloch hit their free throw opportunities with under a minute to play as R-MC won 70-63.
Williams led all scorers on the court with 21 points. She also pulled in 17 rebounds and added five blocks. Arrington finished 3-5 from beyond the arc and 5-6 from the charity stripe with 14 points and added four rebounds. Wade also had 11 points and three rebounds. Reynolds finished with six points and a pair of rebounds plus an assist. Wisner had eight points and nine rebounds as well as two assists and a steal. Sophomore Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) led the team in the assist category with six while adding two points and four rebounds. Knobloch finished with six points and a pair each of rebounds and steals while junior Leara Shumate (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) added two points and a rebound, hitting a pair of crucial free throws in the stretch of the third quarter.
In the relatively defensive contest, R-MC held the high-shooting Warriors to just 34%. The Yellow Jackets also held Lycoming to 29% from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Warriors 47-38, including grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. The Yellow Jackets made good on those opportunities with 25 second chance points, compared to just eight second chance points for Lycoming.
R-MC will face Johns Hopkins at home in Ashland on December 30 at 7:00 PM. It will be the last non-conference game before ODAC play begins in earnest in the new year.