Trying to build on the success of the volleyball team, the Mathews High School Lady Blue Devils took to the basketball court.
With very little time for conditioning or practice, Mathews opened the season against three tough Northern Neck teams with a goal to return to post-season play, where they lost in the regional semi-finals last year. All three Northern Neck teams (first six games) are opponents that played in the regional playoffs last year.
Mathews went 1-2 in the first week of play, defeating Rappahannock and falling to Lancaster and Northumberland.
Head coach Allie Bridge returns for her second season along with her core players, but must focus on developing guard play. Seniors Shelby Ware, Mackenzie Moughon, Taylor Denton and Jessi Nelson return for their final season. Other returning players are juniors Hannah Rowe, Emily Brown and Whitney Eriksen. Newcomers on the squad are juniors Lexus Walton and Shanice Williams, sophomores Taylor South, Bailey Kujawski and Kai McCann, and freshman Savannah Wooten.
Last Thursday night, the Blue Devils traveled to Rappahannock and easily defeated the Lady Raiders by a score of 46-36. Leading the team in scoring was Moughon with 10 points, followed by Denton and South with nine points each. Ware added seven points and Kujawski contributed six points. Also scoring was Williams with three points while Rowe and Nelson added one point each. Coming strong out of the first quarter with 10 points, Mathews continued to add to their lead to take a 19-13 first-half lead. The Devils continued their intensity in the second half to gain the victory.
Friday night was the home opener for Mathews, facing the Lancaster Red Devils. Knowing Lancaster returned their strong athletic lineup from last year, the MHS girls knew they were in for a tough game. Although Mathews began the game aggressively, taking a 5-0 lead after the first quarter and an 11-9 lead at the half, they knew the game would not get easier.