Boys’ basketball: Tony Richardson’s loyalty pays off at Dominion

February 3

Loyalty is an important trait to Dominion forward Tony Richardson.

Prior to the start of his senior season, Richardson was given a couple opportunities to go the private school route, which could have placed him on a bigger stage for college recruiters.

But after playing for the Titans the past three years, Richardson wasn’t about to ditch his team before his final year in Sterling.

“I felt if I left then I would have let everybody down,” Richardson said. “They were relying on me to help them this year.”

Richardson has done more than just help his team, as Dominion (10-8, 5-0) sits atop the Conference 21 standings. The senior is averaging 11.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for the Titans, and set a single-game school record with 23 rebounds in a win over Champe on Friday.

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In addition, Richardson has already set single-season school records with 210 rebounds and 54 blocks through Dominion’s 18 games.

“He does all of the little things for us,” Dominion Coach Jason Geyer said. “He’s very unselfish. He doesn’t score a ton, but he gets rebounds every single night and gives a great effort on the defensive end.”

Geyer said he’s appreciative of Richardson wanting to finish his high school playing days with Dominion.

“A lot of times those [private schools] can be enticing and can sound really good,” Geyer said. “The grass may seem greener on the other side, but you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. Tony and his mom knew we were going to take care of him and look after him, and make sure he would do what he needed to do in the classroom to get to college.”

Radford and a slew of Division II schools recruited Richardson, who ultimately decided on Division II California University of Pennsylvania. He signed with them in November.

“I had faith in Dominion and Coach Geyer to find me scholarships,” Richardson said. “It worked, and I also loved how the student section supported me. I had a lot of support from everybody and they wanted me to stay.”

Raiders riding high

After a three-game skid from Dec. 30-Jan. 8, the Loudoun County girls have won their past seven games. That includes a 52-51 overtime win over Broad Run on Jan. 17 and a 44-24 win over rival Loudoun Valley last Thursday.

Defense is a key factor for the Raiders’ success, as Loudoun County has held opponents to 37.4 points per game during the streak.

Loudoun County has also utilized its depth, getting points from an average of nine scorers per game. Senior Maggie Phillips has averaged 11.1 points during this span, which includes a 20-point outing against Park View on Jan. 13. Guard Kat Kushner reached double-figures in wins against Champe (13), Broad Run (10) and Park View (10).

The Raiders’ winning streak will be on the line Tuesday in Leesburg in a highly-anticipated rematch against Woodgrove (17-1, 6-0). The teams played a month ago, with the Wolverines grabbing a 41-34 overtime victory in Purcellville.

Bailey has big week for Huskies

Tuscarora junior Alexis Bailey had an exceptional week, reaching the 20-point barrier in two victories.

In an 81-37 win over Briar Woods last Tuesday, Bailey scored 24 points while shooting 7 of 11 from the free throw line. On Friday, shecontributed 27 in a 45-35 win over Stone Bridge.

The two games increased her season scoring average from 15.7 to 16.8 points per game.

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