The Lord Botetourt girls will take on Franklin County for the third time in basketball Friday night, and in the third different gym. This one will be in Rocky Mount.
The Cavaliers beat the Eagles over Christmas break in the Cave Spring tournament, then beat them again in Daleville in a Blue Ridge District game. Both games were very physical, and LB coach Renee Favaro expects more of the same from the 10-6 Eagles Friday.
Botetourt comes into the week at 14-2 overall and unbeaten in the district, pending a home game with Staunton River on Tuesday that was too late for press deadlines. Last week the Cavaliers kept on a roll with wins over Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg and in Vinton against William Byrd on Friday.
Against LCA the Cavaliers took a 47-29 win. Miette Veldman had 24 pints and a dozen rebounds while Meredith Wells hit three three-pointers for nine points. Kenleigh Gunter had seven assists with no turnovers.
“LCA was a slower pace game than we are used to playing,” said Favaro. “At times we let them control the tempo, so we had to focus on speeding them up in order to get the game played faster.”
At Byrd the Cavaliers took a 53-30 district win as Veldman had 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Taylor Robertson had eight points and seven boards for LB.
“I thought at Byrd we passed the ball well and were able to rotate people in and out all game,” said Favaro. “In both this and the LCA game, all 11 girls saw playing time, which is always nice.”
The Cavaliers have three home games next week, with Northside on Tuesday, Hidden Valley Wednesday and a big one with William Fleming on Friday, February 7.