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Girls Basketball: Rancocas Valley's tough schedule paying dividends

02/26/2020, 9:45pm EST
By Joe Tansey, SJSD

Agosto's big first half helps Red Devils overcome foul trouble to defeat Woodbury

MOUNT HOLLY -- Rancocas Valley appears to have all the pieces together to make a playoff push in South Jersey Group 4. 

The Red Devils carry loads of experience from a tough schedule, and as Adriana Agosto showed in Wednesday’s 52-42 win over Woodbury, they have a three-pronged scoring attack that can threaten any defense. 

Agosto produced 12 first-half points to hand RV a halftime advantage, despite dealing with some foul trouble to Lexy Linton. 

“The coaches always say when Lexy is not on the court, you have to take over the game,” Agosto said. “I just try to do that every time.” 

“I’ve been kinda off lately, but you have to keep pushing. It’s a new game every game and I have to do my best.” 

“When we have games when we get in foul trouble, not just Lexy, but Kylie (Bradford), really any of our size getting foul trouble, we need that third person to come in, step up and get some points up,” RV forward Kayla Williams said. “We can always trust that Adriana is going to do so, especially when she has the hot hand from three.” 

In the second half, she received more scoring support from Linton and Williams, as RV bolted out to an 11-2 run out of the half. 

The win was the sixth in the last seven games for the Red Devils, who knocked off Delsea, Sterling and Westampton Tech during the run. 

The success came after a string of tough contests with Trenton Catholic, Manasquan, Cherokee and some of the state’s toughest programs. 

“In the beginning of the season, we were playing some of the high-ranked teams and collected a few losses,” Williams said. “But now we’re getting the confidence back going into the playoffs.” 

“It just prepares us for playoffs,” Agosto said. “Those are the games that really matter. We like playing those hard games at the beginning. Toward the end of the season, the schedule is a little more relaxed and we just prepare more for playoffs.” 

A year ago, RV played a similar schedule and it resulted in a first-round playoff victory over Clearview. 

The difference between last year and this year is Williams’ presence on the court. She was injured during the postseason in 2019. 

“Last year, I wasn’t able to play because I was hurt, but I know that this year everyone has the same feeling going there,” Williams said. “Knowing that we’ve been in that position and that it’s not all lost hope yet, we still have the chance to go in there and play our hardest and get through.” 

“I love being on the court with my team and lead and help on defense. It’s a much better feeling being on the court. It makes me more excited to play in this playoff run.” 

With three dynamite scorers and a ton of experience, RV could be a dangerous team, starting with its first-round clash at Jackson Memorial. 

“Last year, we were a lower seed and got through the first round,” Williams said. “We’re just trying to do the same thing this year. Having these wins under our belt is going to help us in the long run.” 

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