Might just want to call them the Road Devils for the rest of the month.
Richmond’s boys basketball team embarks on four straight away games to close out December, starting with this Friday’s trip to rival Connersville.
Both the Red Devils and Spartans are 2-0. Connersville is coming off a 71-24 victory over South Dearborn this past Saturday.
“Fun game next (Friday). I enjoy going to Connersville,” said RHS coach Joe Luce. “It’s a great atmosphere and good, old-time basketball and a good rivalry.”
Richmond’s last trip to the Spartan Bowl was in 2011 and resulted in a 54-39 victory for the Red Devils.
RHS also halted Connersville 52-51 last season at Tiernan Center. Richmond has won the past four meetings with the Spartans.
The Red Devils rose to 2-0 with Saturday’s 68-47 win over East Central.
“We are off to a good start. I think we found out some more about ourselves,” Luce said. “It’s just a journey to hopefully get better so we play our best basketball at the end of the year.”
Richmond will travel to Kentucky on Saturday to face Taylor County in Louisville.
The Red Devils also have back-to-back road games on Dec. 20 (at Huntington North) and Dec. 21 (at Upper Arlington in Ohio). Richmond’s next time at Tiernan Center will be Jan. 2 for the opening round of the annual Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament.
“It just puts us in a different environment to hopefully find a way to strengthen us,” Luce said of the Louisville game. “The conference season starts the next week, and the Wettig is around the corner. Before you know it, we’ll be heading to New Castle to play in the sectional.”
Richmond’s basketball teams have already had two doubleheaders at Tiernan Center this season. A third double bill, the first on the road, is at Huntington on Dec. 20 with the girls playing at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game.
Richmond’s girls started Saturday’s doubleheader with a 57-52 win over Danville.
The Red Devils (3-1) are on the road Tuesday at Greenfield-Central, then back at Tiernan on Wednesday to face Franklin County.
The finale to Richmond’s busy week in girls basketball is Saturday at Anderson in the first North Central Conference game for the Red Devils.
“Obviously, some big games this week,” said RHS coach Casey Pohlenz. “Two sectional opponents (in Greenfield and Anderson) and then Franklin plays that 3-2, which is really a different defense to go against. It will be a good test for our mentality.”