Colonel Richard­son sweeps se­nior night dou­ble­header

Boys win 84-14, girls cruise 47-15

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— 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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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