Road weary after back-to-back games and strong wins, Midway’s varsity Raiders didn’t have much fight left in them Friday when they hit the Rosewood court. The Raiders fell 63-52.
Assistant Raider coach Matthew Creech attributed the loss to that fatigue and injuries that left the team with only 8 healthy players going into the game with Rosewood.
Some of those injuries came during Midway’s win Thursday against South Johnston, the second of three road games for the Raiders this week.
“But I also have to tip my hat to Rosewood, they came out and played very aggressively. They did a great job and we were up to par.”
In Friday’s game, Rosewood took an early 15-6 lead and never looked back. The home team led throughout, amassing a 30-16 lead at the half and only adding to it to stay ahead at the end of three, 47-28.
Justin Thompson led the Raider scoring Friday with 24 points. Quincy Baggett contributed 8; Michael Hall, 8; Heath Smith, 7; and Tyler Pope, 4.
Raiders vs. South Johnson
Two nights earlier, on Thursday, Midway got the road win 64-53, but came away with a lot of injured players.
“Our hat is off to the boys because they showed a lot of heart as they fought through the adversity to win the game. It was a good win against a 3A school, and we were very pleased with the way they played,” Creech said.
Justin Thompson led the Raider scoring Thursday with 12 points, Raheem Thomas added 11; Baggett, 10; Taylor Calcutt, 9; Hall, 6; Pope, 7; Jordan Killett, 4; and Smith 3.
The Raiders are now 2-2 overall. They host Princeton Tuesday.