By DYLAN JONES
Over the past week, Richton basketball teams have managed to find success on the court in order to continue their playoff pushes.
The Lady Rebels defeated rival Perry Central on Friday by a score of 66-50 to move to 7-9 overall on the year. The win came prior to dropping a 66-50 decision to South Jones on Monday. They now enter the most important part of their schedule, with nothing but district games remaining.
The Richton girls are currently 1-0 in the district play after a 41-17 win earlier in the season against Resurrection Catholic High School. As it stands, RHS is currently given decent odds to win the region title, but two undefeated rivals in Lumberton (2-0) and Sacred Heart (3-0) are standing in the way.
The Richton boys pulled out a win over Perry Central in a 53-50 nail biter Monday, before dropping a 58-34 to South Jones. Their next three games include Lumberton, Sylva Bay Academy and Salem. Unlike the girls, they head into their remaining district games after a heartbreaking 42-40 loss against Resurrection. The cushion for error with Lumberton (2-0), Sacred Heart (3-0) and Resurrection all ahead in the district standings.
At Perry Central, the Bulldogs are trying to regroup after recent losses.
The PCHS girls remain winless after their loss to Richton. The Lady Bulldogs’ division seems to be loaded this year with several teams posting records above .750.
The boys, with a 1-3 district record, have a similar challenge ahead of them. Collins, St. Patrick, and East Marion are next up. PCHS defeated East Marion 47-46 on Dec. 19. Collins, who the Bulldogs face on Friday, is certainly one of the toughest teams in all of Region 1A, so a win would be a big boost.