ROCKVILLE — In a doubleheader on Senior Night, The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team improved to 19-0 Tuesday following a 60-38 victory over the visiting Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles.
Richard Montgomery head coach Mike Oakes attributed his program’s success this season to the performance of a senior trio that includes guard Karon Williams, forward Melanie Osborne and center Nusaibah Rashad whom he affectionately calls “The Big Three.”
“They’ve really transformed this program,” said Oakes, in his fourth season at the helm. “Each year we’ve improved.”
Rashad finished with a game-high 24 points and Osborne added 16 points in the win to lead Richard Montgomery while Seneca Valley was led by sophomore guard Jaisa Oliver who finished with 17 points.
Osborne, a four-year varsity performer, is also a member of the program’s 1,000-point club and cherished the win on Senior Night.
“It’s pretty big,” she said. “It’s exciting for all our seniors to be together and win.”
Richard Montgomery is on a mission this year and when asked about their state championship quest, all three members of “The Big Three” responded with a resounding “Yes.”
“We know that’s our goal,” said Williams, “so we just have to set the bar up there and reach it.”
Meanwhile, the Richard Montgomery boys basketball team rallied from a 10-2 first quarter deficit Tuesday en route to a 54-43 win over Seneca Valley.
Djordje Orcev, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, finished with a team-high 13 points for Richard Montgomery and senior Will Brown added nine points. Eight players from Richard Montgomery contributed to the box score against Seneca Valley.
“Everybody was ready to do their job,” said Richard Montgomery senior guard Daryn Alexander, who finished with six points. “Everybody stepped up when they needed to and we made plays and came out on top.”
Seneca Valley head coach Brian Humphrey was shorthanded against the Rockets who were missing their top two scorers in Triston Price and Mazae Blake, both sidelined due to injury.
“Anytime you’re missing 50 points,” Humphrey said with a sigh, “that makes it difficult.”
However, Seneca Valley senior guards Legend Trautman and Harold Dotson took up the slack for the Screaming Eagles in their absence. Trotman scored a team-high 13 points and Dotson finished with ten points in the loss.
Seneca Valley’s dynamic duo of Price and Blake were each averaging more than 20 points per game but Humphrey said he expects them both to return in time for yet another postseason run.
“We’ll make sure they’re both healthy before we put them out there,” said Humphrey.