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Highs and lows define Governors’ week

posted Dec 20, 2016, 11:57 AM by Kathy Hughes   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 11:57 AM ]
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Last week was a week of highs and lows for the Nelson County Governors, who went 1-1 with a win over Rappahannock County and blowout loss to Dan River.

In the first game last Wednesday, the Governors took down the Rappahannock Panthers 48-40 behind Jacob Saunders’ 11 points.

Most of Saunders’ points came at the free-throw line, but he made only 7 of his 14 attempts.

The Governors left 20 points at the line, going 15 of 35 for 43 percent.

Nelson was able to finish more chances at the rim, improving on a disappointing couple of performances the week before, but the Governors still missed more shots than they made.

On the other side of the court, though, Nelson showed promise with increased defensive pressure to start the game and the second half. Coach Brian Wilson said in the coming days, however, they’ll need to continue working on condition because they “got tired” throughout the course of the game.

“A win’s a win,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t the prettiest win, but even the ugly ones count.”

Wilson also praised the performance of Houston Carter, who has become one of the Governors’ main ball handlers. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

“I think it was really a team effort, but I think Houston, being a freshman, is really starting to come into his own,” he said, “and he’s really starting to develop into the player that we know he can be.”

The second game of the week told a different story. The improvement seemed to screech to a halt early in the Governors’ 51-15 loss to Dan River on Friday.

The Wildcats shut out Nelson the entire first quarter, jumping out to a 13-0 lead, and the Governors didn’t put points on the board until a little more than a minute remained in the half.

Dan River’s defense dominated the second half, as well. The Governors finished with only four field goals and hit only 6 of 14 free throws.

The Governors will host Timberlake Christian as part of a tournament this Saturday.Last week was a week of highs and lows for the Nelson County Governors, who went 1-1 with a win over Rappahannock County and blowout loss to Dan River.

In the first game last Wednesday, the Governors took down the Rappahannock Panthers 48-40 behind Jacob Saunders’ 11 points.

Most of Saunders’ points came at the free-throw line, but he made only 7 of his 14 attempts.

The Governors left 20 points at the line, going 15 of 35 for 43 percent.NCT 1215 Varisty62

Nelson was able to finish more chances at the rim, improving on a disappointing couple of performances the week before, but the Governors still missed more shots than they made.

On the other side of the court, though, Nelson showed promise with increased defensive pressure to start the game and the second half. Coach Brian Wilson said in the coming days, however, they’ll need to continue working on condition because they “got tired” throughout the course of the game.

“A win’s a win,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t the prettiest win, but even the ugly ones count.”

Wilson also praised the performance of Houston Carter, who has become one of the Governors’ main ball handlers. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

“I think it was really a team effort, but I think Houston, being a freshman, is really starting to come into his own,” he said, “and he’s really starting to develop into the player that we know he can be.”

The second game of the week told a different story. The improvement seemed to screech to a halt early in the Governors’ 51-15 loss to Dan River on Friday.

The Wildcats shut out Nelson the entire first quarter, jumping out to a 13-0 lead, and the Governors didn’t put points on the board until a little more than a minute remained in the half.

Dan River’s defense dominated the second half, as well. The Governors finished with only four field goals and hit only 6 of 14 free throws.

The Governors will host Timberlake Christian as part of a tournament this Saturday.

Photos by:  Lee Luther, Jr.