Young Lady Dukes growing amid rebuilding campaign

Published 8:52 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cumberland County High School’s varsity girls basketball team is young and has struggled to pile up wins this season, but the Lady Dukes’ recent outings have showcased their growing strength.

They topped growing host Bluestone High School 53-30 on Friday after challenging talented Amelia County High School at home Thursday in a 41-37 loss.

“Right now I think we’re building a little bit more,” Cumberland Head Coach Omar Liggins said. “I think we’re starting to come around a little bit. I just think earlier in the year, we got a little shell shocked, and a couple teams jumped on us and beat up on us, but the second go-around against everybody, I think we played everybody a whole lot closer.”

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The Lady Dukes held an overall record of 6-10 going into their home game Tuesday against Randolph-Henry High School. This is Cumberland’s next-to-last game on the schedule for the regular season.

“Sometimes this is where teams start to connect at, right here around playoff time, so I’m hoping that’s what we’re starting to do,” Liggins said. “I’m hoping we’re starting to grow a little bit, starting to connect. Hopefully we can come around a little bit and shock a couple of people.”

He noted that the rebounding of junior forwards Sade’ Gregory and Caroline Seal has been key.

Cumberland hosts Central Lunenburg High School on Wednesday.