BOTETOURT – The Lord Botetourt girls basketball team got the new year off to a great start last week with a non-district win over Salem and a win over William Byrd in their Blue Ridge District opener. Botetourt had a five game winning streak going into Tuesday’s game at Rockbridge.

Last Wednesday the girls avenged a prior defeat to Salem, beating the Spartans on their home floor, 58-45. LB jumped out to a big lead, holding the Spartans to two second quarter points as they ran up a 24-11 lead by intermission.


Ally Duvall of LB scores in last week's win in Salem. Photo by Carter Turner.
Ally Duvall of LB scores in last week's win in Salem. Photo by Carter Turner.

“That was a big win for us,” said LB coach Chuck Pound. “I thought we played pretty well and they weren’t on top of their game. We made a few defensive adjustments from the first time we played them. We tried to keep (Tay) Taylor out of the lane and we tried to keep (Carlye) Garst from hitting a bunch of threes.”


Emily Wampler led LB with 17 points. Wampler has been LB’s leading scorer during the five game win streak.

“Emily has been playing very well since right before Christmas,” said Pound. “She’s a good compliment to Jade(Lewis).”

Lewis had 13 points against Salem and Kendra Wood continued her strong post play with 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

On Friday the Cavaliers played host to William Byrd in the Blue Ridge District opener and LB dominated, taking a 62-41 win. Again Botetourt had a big lead at the half, this time 34-15.

Wampler led the team again with 15 points and Meaghan Catron had 14 points and six assists. Lewis had 10.

Now 9-3, the Cavs were at Rockbridge on Tuesday and tonight they’re back home to play host to Brookville. On Friday the girls are at Staunton River and next Tuesday, January 17, they’ll play host to Alleghany.