LUMBERTON — At various points during the season, the Lumberton basketball has watched halftime leads slip away.
Friday’s 76-60 win against Richmond seemed to be headed that way after the Raiders sunk two shots to tie the game at 43-43 with three minutes left in the third.
Then came Y’Shawn Gaddy.
In a 50-second span starting with 1:31 left, the Lumberton junior hit two free throws and two 3-pointers to put the Pirates up by eight points.
“He was the leading scorer on the jayvee team last year and we’ve been waiting for him (to start scoring),” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said. “When he gets hot, he can put up some points.”
In a game crucial to the Pirates’ (10-10, 3-4) playoff chances, Gaddy’s run and two free throws by Travis Suggs gave Lumberton a 10-point lead at the end of the third, which Richmond (12-7, 4-3) couldn’t make up.
Richmond struggled out of the gate, struggling to find an offensive rhythm and getting out-rebounded. It led to second-chance points and a constant lead for Lumberton.
“Lumberton really out-rebounded us in the first half and were more aggressive than we were in the first half,” Richmond coach David Laton. “That’s been our problem this year. We’ve had too many first halves where we’ve got to come out and be more aggressive.”
Richmond scored only nine points in the first 7:55 of the game but narrowed the lead to 19-12 when Tre Pettigrew sank a half-court shot following a turnover.
Lumberton got the lead to 10 points by halftime, but Richmond pushed back into it using a three-person attack from Greg Patterson, Xavier Davis and Pettigrew. Patterson started a run with a free throw, followed by a layup-and-foul 3-point play from Pettigrew. Davis then hit two 3-pointers to get within striking distance.
A layup by Patterson with 3:56 left in the third eventually gave Richmond a 40-39 lead. Lumberton took the lead back less than a minute later and with 3:02 left, Lumberton’s Demetri Sheridan hit a layup to make it 45-43, which Gaddy followed with his eight points.
“That was clutch because they had taken the lead on us,” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said.
Sheridan led Lumberton with 23 points and Gaddy had 17, including three of the Pirates’ four 3-pointers. Travis Suggs also had 13.
Pettigrew and Davis led Richmond with 11.
Richmond defense shuts down Lumberton
The Richmond girls basketball team has relied heavily on the press lately and Friday, it worked to near perfection.
The Raiders allowed 14 points in the first half to take sole possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference.
“Our press started working really well. We’ve really been working on it the last two games,” Richmond coach Victoria DeFrate said. “They worked really hard and didn’t allow many easy shots.”
Lumberton (13-6, 4-3) struggled to hit shots from the floor, which Pirate coach Danny Graham credited to Richmond’s defense for allowing limited open looks. The Pirates hit only two 3-pointers and had Mariah Locklear, normally a key scorer, limited to five points.
The Raiders (11-5, 5-2) led 22-14 after halftime, then outscored Lumberton 16-9 in the third to run away with it.
Kivana Keane and Shaquail Wall led the Raiders with 14 points each. It completed a series sweep against the Pirates this year.
Lumberton was led by Azaya Graham with 12 points.
Other area scores
After missing nearly a month, Savannah Hunt returned to the South Robeson lineup. She brought a missing spark, leading the Mustangs with 17 points in a 62-49 win against West Columbus. A’Terria Quick had 16 points. The St. Pauls girls beat South Columbus 43-38. East Columbus beat Red Springs 38-23. Whiteville beat Fairmont 32-10. In 4A action, Pinecrest beat Purnell Swett 44-38.
In boys games, Fairmont suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling 64-61 to Whiteville. Red Springs beat East Columbus 76-43. South Columbus beat St. Pauls 55-50. In 4A, Pinecrest beat Purnell Swett 67-53.
Lumberton 76, Richmond 60
Richmond 12 11 22 15 — 60
Lumberton 19 14 22 21 — 76
RICHMOND — Tre Pettigrew 11, Xavier Davis 11, Neely 9, G. Patterson 9, Bowden 7, O. Patterson 4, Watkins 5, Sellers 2, McLaurin 2.
LUMBERTON — Demetri Sheridan 23, Y’Shawn Gaddy 17, Travis Suggs 13, Edwards 5, Cromartie 4, Sampson 4, Grissett 4, Everette 3, Floyd 2, Love 2.
3-pointers — R: Davis 2, Pettigrew 2, Watkins; L: Gaddy 3, Cromartie.
Fouled out — R: Pettigrew.
Technicals — Richmond bench.
Records: Richmond 12-7, 4-3; Lumberton 10-10, 3-4.
Richmond 52, Lumberton 40
Richmond 11 11 16 14 — 52
Lumberton 7 7 9 17 — 40
RICHMOND — Kivana Keane 14, Shaquail Wall 14, Smith 9, Evans 6, Griffin 4, LeGrande 3, McLaughlin 1, Everett 1.
LUMBERTON — Azaya Graham 12, Bullard 9, Andrews 9, Locklear 5, Faulkner 3, Singletary 2.
3-pointers — R: Wall, Smith; L: Graham, Bullard.
Fouled out — R: Griffin.
Records — Richmond 11-5, 5-2; Lumberton 13-6, 4-3.
South Robeson 62, West Columbus 49
South Robeson 15 8 14 25 — 62
West Columbus 12 11 8 18 — 49
SR — Savannah Hunt 17, A’Terria Quick 16, Rogers 8, Werell 7, McCloud 6, K. Hunt 5, Vanderhall 2, Chavis 1.