Finally, a win for Raiders

STAFFORD — For four straight years, Stonewall Jackson and coach Marcus Lawrence have been coming to Stafford County for early-season battles — and not once coming away with a victory.

Things changed on Monday night, as the visiting Raiders overcame an 11-point deficit and came away with a 58-50 Group AAA non-district win over Stafford in the season-opener for both teams at Stafford High School on Monday.

According the Lawrence, the team rode the senior leadership of Tyc Snow, Cory Wheeler and Onyle Onunaku.

“I’ve had those guys for three years now and tonight was all about senior leadership,” Lawrence said. “We finally got one [a win] in Stafford County and now we have to turn back around and play another Stafford County team on Wednesday.”

That team is Brooke Point and game time is 7:30 p.m.

Snow, a 5-7 guard, paced Stonewall with 22 points, including three shots from beyond the 3-point arc while Onunaku, the game’s leading rebounder with 12, joined his Raiders teammate in double figures with 15 points. Wheeler had five points on the night. But it was back-to-back 3-pointers by Snow an Wheeler that helped the Raiders overcome the 11-point halftime deficit and tie the game at 40-40 late in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Stonewall, capitalizing on a double technical foul; the visitors scored 12 unanswered points to pull away from the Indians.

Stafford guard Steve Miller led all scores with 26 points, hitting four shots from beyond the 3-point arc while Cole m and Kevin Edwards both chipped in with seven points.

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