The Albemarle boys made short work of Monticello Friday night.
The Patriots jumped out to a strong 11-point lead after one quarter and never looked back, rolling 70-49 over the Mustangs.
It was a particularly solid victory as the Patriots have been battling team-wide sickness and like other squads throughout the area, hadn’t practiced as a team in several days.
“My objective was to play everybody and try to keep people fresh,” said Albemarle coach Greg Maynard. “I didn’t know what to expect after three complete days without any practice and Monday morning when we practice I only had eight players because so many have been sick.”
Austin Katstra led the Patriots again offensively with 18 points over the first three quarters. The freshman is averaging 16.1 points per game and has consistently been a rock solid scorer.
“If you’d asked me back in November I’d be totally surprised but now that I’ve seen him do it for 16 games that’s kind of the way we expect him to play,” Maynard said. “He’s got a nice touch and a lot of moves. We just try and get him the ball in the right spot.”
Justice Taylor finished with 12 points for the Patriots.
Jayden Nixon led Monticello with 10 points.
STAB girls roll past St. Gertrude
St. Anne’s-Belfield’s girls team took apart St. Gertrude Friday night 50-25.
N.K. Ilang posted another double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also had five steals on the night.
Brianna Tinsley also had a big night on the defensive end with seven steals to go with her 14 points. Mailynn Steppe and Haley Kent each had three steals as STAB clamped down on St. Gertrude.
Buckingham boys beat Randolph-Henry
The Buckingham boys basketball team rolled 75-56 over Randolph-Henry Saturday, giving the Knights their fifth-straight win.
Hassan Swann came off the bench to lead the Knights with 19 points.
Leon Ragland finished with 17 points and four steals in another solid effort while Justin Ayres posted another huge night on the boards with 17 rebounds to go with 13 points.
Orange beat Louisa, Riverbend
Orange County’s boys squad snagged a rivalry win over Louisa County Friday night with a 68-60 victory against the Lions.
It wasn’t easy though as the Hornets had to withstand a late rally after Orange led by 15 points. The Lions buried 10 total 3-pointers, several of which helped spark the late run. The Hornets cut short the comeback with a steal and lay-in and a solid quarter at the charity-stripe.
Christian Clore led Orange with 24 points while Kameron Hill poured in 20 on the night. Isaiah Ferguson notched nine points.
Jacob Talley led Louisa with 15 points while Jermaine Pace checked in with 12 points on the night.
Orange then knocked off Riverbend on Saturday 51-48. THe Hornets got another big effort from Hill who had 24 while going 10 for 14 at the line. J’Air Rawlings and Ferguson had nine each in the victory.
Orange girls knock off Louisa
The Orange County girls squad out-gunned Louisa 41-28 Friday night with Markiana Smith leading the way with 16 points for the Hornets.
Kiani Hudgens chipped in seven points to help bolster Orange’s effort.
Bre’shae Bell led Louisa with 15 points and Breon Washington had 11 for the Lions.