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Who needs dull and predictable? Not the fans of the Staunton River Lady Eagles.
The team can be night or day, up or down, heavenly or what that other place is called.
Just this past week, the team showed that it has as many faces as the Roman god, Janus. The Lady Eagles looked sharp in taking care of Rockbridge in front of an appreciative home crowd. Two nights later, they hit the road to be upended by a less-than-omnipotent Alleghany crew.
The win over Rockbridge featured a solid, all-around game by the Lady Eagles. That is, except for the contest's opening minutes. The Riverladies watched the Wildcats ring up an 8-0 edge until Addie Tuck brought them to life.
Tuck, a senior with great versatility, reeled off seven straight points to close the gap to one. Brie Holdren eventually tied the game and put the Eagles ahead with a nice baseline move.
Holdren and Tuck would wind up leading the Eagles with 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the evening. Sydney Stephens added eight.
River kept adding to its lead and held a dozen-point margin heading into the final stanza. The Rockies, however, leaned hard on their big lass in the middle. Chelsea Padgett came up big, pouring in 11 points.
"We were so worried about stopping (Lauren) Rowsey and (Keely) Fresh), we let their post player get hot," said River Head Coach Kim Jones.
Padgett scored the majority of her game-high 20 points via putbacks. "She went to the boards and we didn't," assessed Jones.
Still, Jones's charges showed enough to pull out the win and keep River in contention for a shot at the Blue Ridge crown.
That shot at a title may well have been wiped from the slate as Alleghany tripped up the visiting Eagles, 54-52.
River carried a 10-point lead into the final quarter and led by seven points with four minutes remaining.
Poor shot selection by Staunton River and an exploitative Alleghany attack, however, made it a tie game in the closing moments.
With 15 seconds remaining, River had a shot to ice the game at the free throw line, but missed the one-and-one while allowing the Mountaineers to rein in the rebound.
After a couple of time-outs, Alleghany set up a screen play that worked to perfection, giving Paige Irvine a clear lane to the basket, nailing down the win.
"It was heartbreaking," said Coach Jones. "But Alleghany plays hard and we weren't able to put them away."
River was, again, led by Holdren's 13 points. Brittany Cawley added 11. What may have hurt more than the loss, however, was seeing both Tuck and Stephens with bags of ice on their ankles, a result of some severe twists.
The word is still out on whether those two sparkplugs might soon be returning to the Eagle lineup.
Keep those fingers crossed.
Rough patch for Rivermen
The Staunton River men hit a nasty patch of schedule last week. And distance travelled had only something to do with it.
The Eagles had to endure the Andrew Rowsey show in a 64-48 loss at Rockbridge. Rowsey scored 47 points, one less than the entire River output. The UNC-Ashville-bound magician hit seven bombs from beyond the three point line.
In a makeup game, the Eagles headed to Alleghany, where they suffered a 57-44 loss to the Mountaineers. Alleghany jumped out to an early lead, then played the Eagles on even terms the rest of the way.
DeShawn Martin was the Eagles' top scorer against Alleghany, posting 16 points. Against Rockbridge, Drew Phillips and Madisyn Veira did most of the damage, with each putting up 10 points.