The James River girls have their second basketball game in as many nights tonight when they play host to Bassett in Springwood. The girls were home to Rockbridge last night but results were too late for publication.
River is off to a 4-1 start after defeating Hidden Valley in Springwood last week, 49-39. The Titans jumped to an early lead before the Knights rallied for the win.
“I thought we answered adversity the whole first quarter,” said River coach Ryan Firebaugh. “We got down early and battled back to take a 20-12 lead. Hidden Valley is not a bad team and they were well prepared for us. They had a great game plan but we played extremely well defensively. Our defense created a lot of our offense and 21 steals is pretty impressive.”
Sophomore Caitlin Canada led the Knights with 18 points and nine rebounds while Sydnee Breeding had nine pints and Lexi McCullough had seven. Canada and Breeding had five steals each and McCullough had four. Jalen Thompson had eight rebounds.
“The girls are playing well together right now and I hope that continues the rest of the year,” said Firebaugh. “We won this game at the foul line. We hit foul shots down the stretch when we needed them the most. I say it all the time in practice and in games, the game is won and lost at the charity stripe.
“I can’t be more proud of this team. They answer adversity and keep battling day in and day out in practice and games to get better and better.”