The Lord Botetourt girls will put a 10-game winning streak on the line Friday night when they travel to Roanoke for what should be a very entertaining basketball game against William Fleming.
Botetourt comes in at 17-2 and the Cavaliers have not lost in 2017. Fleming is 12-4 overall and the Colonels’ only Blue Ridge District loss was to Lord Botetourt, in Daleville, on January 6 by a score of 56-53. The Cavs are 9-0 in district play, but LB has never won in Fleming’s current gymnasium.
“It’s a tough place to play,” said LB coach Chuck Pound. “They have a good team and it’s a great atmosphere. They’ll be fired up after losing to us the first time.”
Botetourt won three games against lesser opponents last week. In fact, in the three games combined, LB gave up 51 points total and scored more than that in each of the three.
The week started with a 69-14 win over Rockbridge in Daleville. Brooklyn Shelton had 22 points at the half and could have named her final total. Only Pound could hold her to 27 for the game.
“She only played eight and a half minutes,” he said. “On Monday she was shooting the lights out in practice and it just carried over into the game. She was seven-for-seven on threes.”
Jenna Alam had 11 points and everyone scored. Jasmine King had six rebounds and Hannah and Sara Bane had six assists each.
A day later LB hosted winless Salem and took a 63-11 win. Again, this could have been much worse but Pound took the press off when LB got up by 20 points. Miette Veldman had 17 points and 13 boards while Shelton had 15 and 11. All but one girl scored and the Banes combined for nine dimes in this one.
On Friday at home the girls hosted Alleghany, their toughest foe of the week, and took a 54-26 win. Shelton had 14 points, Maggie Quarles had 10 and three girls had eight each, Mary-Hannah Jackson, Hannah Bane and Veldman. Jackson also had nine rebounds.
The girls were off the beginning of the week to get ready for the big game with Fleming on Friday. Next week LB will host William Byrd on Tuesday, then finish off the regular season with a game at Staunton River on February 10. Northside will host the Conference 31 tournament on February 13, 15 and 17.