Viqueen second half comeback falls short
UNIONVILLE – A nightmarish first half put the Community Viqueens in a deep hole against the Richland Lady Raiders Friday night, and although the Viqueens fought back, the mountain was too high to climb as the Lady Raiders took a 52-45 non-district win.
The game started on a positive note as Gracie Simmons scored in the first minute to give Community (7-7) a quick 2-0 lead.
It was over four minutes before the Viqueens scored again as the Lady Raiders went on an 11-0 run to take an 11-2 lead.
Richland ended the first quarter with a 13-8 advantage.
It was a long second quarter for the Viqueens as Richland scored the first 13 points to extend its lead to 26-8.
Kailyn Farrell scored the only two points of the quarter for Community as the Lady Raiders outscored the Viqueens 17-2 to take a 30-10 halftime lead.
A rejuvenated Viqueen team came out in the third quarter to cut into the Richland lead. Kizzey Lane led the way with five points as six Community players scored in the quarter. The Viqueens outscored the Lady Raiders 19-6 to cut the Richland lead to 36-29.
A quick 4-0 Lady Raider run to start the fourth quarter moved the Richland lead back to 11. Lexie Cagle scored six points in the quarter for Community while Logan Brothers added a pair of treys late to cut the Lady Raider lead to 50-45 with 23 seconds left, but it was as close as the Viqueens would get.
Riley Neely scored 21 points to lead the Lady Raiders.
Cagle, Simmons, and Farrell all had eight points to lead the Viqueens.
Richland was 22-of-32 at the free throw line while Community was just 5-of-14.
“Against a good team, we can’t wait until the second half to be ready,” Coach Corey Bishop of the Viqueens said. “I take full responsibility for not having our team ready to go in the first half knowing that district play is coming up, we need to be playing a little better basketball at this time of the year, and we’re going to get better,”
The Viqueens now move into District 12-AA play and will travel to Marshall County for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday.
“We know that our district is going to be very competitive and we’re playing a team that is 12-2 in our first game in Marshall County,” Bishop said. “We’re going to have to rest up and get prepared because they’ll be a great challenge for us.”
Richland 13 17 6 16 - 52
Community 8 2 19 16 - 45
Richland: Riley Neely 21, Jesse Jennings 14, Caylee Parker 10, Audrey Briggs 3, Allie Garner, Hope Calahan 2, Maggie Perry 2, Cora Henson, Lexy Edwards.
Community: Lexie Cagle 8, Gracie Simmons 8, A. K. Lemmons 6, Kizzey Lane 5, Haley Reed, Kailyn Farrell 8, Logan Brothers 6, Jaley Vincent 4, Jesa Moore, Brianna Pearson, Brianna Beech, Halli Smith, Payton Davis.
3-Point goals: Richland (4): Neely 2, Parker 2; Community (4): Brothers 2, Cagle, Lane.
Halftime score: Richland 30, Community 10.