It was dramatic. It was loud. It was scrappy. It was heated.
It was, quite simply, a game that encapsulated the ongoing tension and atmosphere that exists in the rivalry between Orange County and Louisa.
The Hornets and the Lions didn’t disappoint fans on Thursday, Jan. 30, fighting it out in a game that offered three first half technical fouls, a near-scuffle in the second quarter, and a last-second game winning layup by center Raynard Richardson that gave Louisa a 74-72 victory, the team’s first of the year.
“This game was definitely, at this point and time, the most exciting game of my career,” Lions head coach Brian Wilson said. “It’s very long overdue.”
“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had,” the Lions’ leading scorer, guard Chris Robinson, added.
Fans knew they were going to get their money’s worth early on. Louisa stormed out of the gates to a 17-10 lead after one quarter. With 3:24 left in the opening period, the Lions demonstrated their teamwork that would last the whole contest. Robinson stole an errant pass by the Hornets, passed the ball up court to forward Brian Townes, who then fed center Jayvon Jackson with a perfect pass for an easy layup.
The play served as a testament to the team’s adherence to an assertion made during an early timeout by Wilson.
“I told them that we don’t win this game if we don’t say together,” Wilson said.
And though the contest was fiery from the beginning, the sparks didn’t start flying until the five-minute mark in the second quarter, when Lions guard Trey Cherry got into a heated exchange with members of the Orange backcourt after a hard dive for a loose ball, and both team’s benches cleared during the incident.
Just two minutes later, Wilson was hit with a technical foul for arguing, which was followed shortly thereafter by a technical foul for taunting assessed to Orange’s freshman forward Kameron Hill.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 6 edition of The Central Virginian.