Colonel Richardson sweeps senior night doubleheader
Boys win 84-14, girls cruise 47-15
— Colonel Richardson High celebrated senior night Thursday with the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams beating St. Michaels.
The boys’ team routed the Saints 84-14. Ka’Ron Raikes led the Colonels with 19 points and senior Dontraye Batson added 12. The girls cruised to a 47-15 victory with senior Zay Dobson scoring a team-high 13.
With the each varsity team playing at home, the school honored the basketball and cheer seniors with a ceremony between games.
Colonel boys’ head coach Brad Plutschak said the large crowd gave his team a lot of energy, and he appreciated the community coming out to honor the seniors from both basketball teams and the cheer squad.
“It was really great having everyone together on the same night,” Plutschak said. “Jenner Holmes, the cheer coach, put the entire evening together, and deserves tons of credit for tonight. Our fans were great tonight. We had good numbers out, and they were vocal. We really appreciate their support.
“Getting to see Zay play was really neat — having coached her older brother, and now coaching her younger brother,” Plutschak added. “She had another outstanding game, and has had a great career at Colonel.”
In the girls’ game, Dobson scored five of her team’s nine points in the opening quarter for a 9-6 lead. The Colonels (4-11 overall, 4-9 North Bayside) then went on a 31-6 run over the second and third quarters with eight different players scoring during the stretch.
Briana Wilmer scored eight in the second quarter, and Emma Hacker added six points before halftime.
In the third, Dobson scored six of the team’s 12 points. Hacker (10 points) added two baskets in the final quarter. Gracyn Colburn led St. Michaels (1-14, 1-12) with six points.
During the opening quarter of the boys’ game, the Colonels (4-11, 3-9) used a trapping press to force
turnovers, which led to a 21-5 lead. Batson scored two baskets in the quarter on offensive rebounds, and added another off a steal. Darrion Speller (eight points) and Raikes each scored from three-point range.
The second quarter saw more of the same, with Colonel going on a 21-4 tear. Eight different players scored for the Colonels in the quarter.
“We put early pressure on and it gave us a lot of transition points,” Plutschak said. “Speeding the game up gave us an advantage, and helped us build a big lead. After that, we got everyone in each quarter. Everyone scored tonight. I’m proud how the team keeps work- ing hard.”
The Colonels continued scoring easy baskets off the break, building a 64-9 third-quarter lead. Freshman Diante Dickerson found teammates streaking to the basket for layups. He also got the rim, scoring five points in the game. The route ended with Raikes scoring nine fourth-quarter points.
Senior Eric Joseph scored five points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Lorenzo Turner (nine points), Ty’Mir Foster (eight), Marcus Johnson (five), Jasir Gilbert (four), Harley Maldonado (four), Jhaizhir Luke (three) and Semaj Murray (two) rounded out the scoring.
Jamar Smoak led St. Michaels with seven points. The Saints fall to 0-14, 0-12.
Colonel Richardson’s Diante Dickerson glides in for a layup against St. Michaels Thursday.
Colonel Richardson’s Eric Joseph glides in for the layup against St. Michaels Thursday, Feb. 2.
Colonel Richardson’s Dontraye Batson glides in for the layup against St. Michaels Thursday, Feb. 2. Batson scored 12 points in the 84-14 victory.