Sophomore Wil Rasmussen scored 24 points and made two clutch free throws as the Wakefield School boys basketball team posted one of the biggest wins in school history Monday, defeating host Culpeper County, 65-61.
The Owls (6-1) took the lead on a layup by DeAndre Clark (14 points) with 2:07 left and Brandon Wiseman later added a clutch three-point play.
The game saw wide swings in momentum.
Wakefield led 34-18 in the third quarter before Culpeper (3-1) surged to lead 53-46.
But Wakefield responded, as Rasmussen fueled the Owls' strong play down the stretch, rsulting in a statement win. The Owls have assembled perhaps the finest team in school history, using transfers such as Rasmussen, a 6-foot-3 former Kettle Run player, and Clark, a dynamic shooting guard from Orange.
"It was a hard fought victory," said coach Tee Summers, "but we are not content with just beating Culpeper. We still have a lot of work to do. "
Culpeper girls basketball 53, Wakefield 49
The Wakefield Owls suffered their first loss of the girls basketball season, 53-49, on the road Monday.
The Owls (4-1) took a 16-12 lead in the first quarter, but the Blue Devils narrowed that to 28-26 by halftime and tied the score, 39-39, by the end of the third quarter. Culpeper then finished the game on a 14-10 run.
Maddie Dale and Alexis Smith led Wakefield with 11 points apiece, while Shelby Sipes had 10 and Airielle Jenkins had eight. Dale also led the Owls with 12 rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Smith added seven rebounds, while Jenkins had five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
For Culpeper, Kayla Sayki had 15 points, while Kelsey Metcalf had 10.
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