The Lord Botetourt boys will be on the bus four times in eight days as they look to make up some ground in Blue Ridge District basketball.
The Cavaliers opened the stretch with a game at Franklin County on Tuesday of this week. On Friday they play at Staunton River, and Monday is the first day of a back-to-back as they go to Alleghany for a non-district game. Next Tuesday it’s back to the BRD wars with a trip to Vinton to play William Byrd.
The Cavs come into the week with an 8-5 record but just 1-2 in the district after falling to William Fleming in Daleville last Friday. The Colonels jumped to a 16-5 first quarter lead and LB never was able to catch up despite the heroics of Jackson Crawford, who scored 31 of LB’s 49 points in a 75-49 loss. Botetourt got as close as two points down, but was never able to draw even.
“William Fleming came to play in this game,” said LB coach Andrew Hart. “Hats off to them for playing really well and playing hard. I need to do a better job getting our guys ready to play against tough competition.”
Crawford hit 10 of 18 shots from the floor, including four of five three-pointers, and seven of 10 from the line. Tyler Meade was next high with six points.
“We weren’t ready for this battle and it showed,” said Hart. “Hopefully we will respond well. We have a key four-game stretch of away games over the next two weeks and I know our guys are up for the challenge.”
The loss followed a 68-61 loss to Northside last Tuesday in one of the closer games the Vikings have played all season. Northside is 13-0 and the consensus top team in the greater Roanoke Valley area.