The Richmond Observer – Three Lady Raiders named to All-SAC team, Lindsey and Moseley earn individual accolades

The 2021-22 All-Sandhills Athletic Conference squad was announced following the Lady Raiders’ second-round loss in the state playoffs.

Jai’Maya Ratliff, sophomore Ryelan Lyerly and freshman Jamyia Lindsey earned their respective first nods for all conferences. As a trio, they were the team’s top three scorers.

Lindsey was voted SAC’s “Player of the Year” after a breakout first season, and Moseley was named “Coach of the Year”. It was the first time he was recognized in his fourth season at the helm of the program.

Having had their most successful season since 2010-11, the Lady Raiders won the SAC title this winter with a 12-0 record against conference opponents. As a team, Richmond averaged 54.2 points per game, while holding opponents to 40.4 points per game.

They finished the season with an overall mark of 20-6, their best record in 11 years, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The trip to the playoffs was the first time in five seasons and also the first of Moseley’s tenure.

“All three girls truly deserve all-conference nominations,” Moseley said. “They’ve been consistent all year and also grown a lot throughout the season. It has been mentally, physically and their abilities have improved.

“Being able to coach Jai’Maya will better prepare her for the college level,” he added. “I’m thrilled for Ryelan and for Jamyia to be named Player of the Year as a freshman, it’s huge. It’s one of those things where does she go next?

Jamyia Lindsey, freshman point guard

SAC Player of the Year

Without a doubt, the biggest part of Richmond’s success this season has been Lindsey, who started all 26 games at point guard. She was the spark that drove the offense and was an asset in creating turnovers and transition points.

Lindsey scored 612 points overall, averaging an SAC-best 23.5 PPG. According to Maxpreps, she also averaged 2.5 assists per game and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Her scoring average was also first among all players in the state in the Class of 2025, nearly 10 points ahead of rookie Ava Sterling (13.9 PPG, Gray’s Creek). Lindsey was also second in points in 4A East, just behind Jerni Kiaku (Garner, 24.0 PPG).

Against Union Pines in the Feb. 16 SAC tournament, Lindsey recorded a career-high 45 points. She had 17 games where she scored 20+ points and four games where she broke the 30-point mark, including her career night.

In a game against Pinecrest in January, Lindsey had a double-double with 11 points, 12 assists and added 8 rebounds.

“I’m really happy and proud of myself to have been able to rack up the points and be named Player of the Year,” Lindsey said. “I think people recognized my abilities as a rookie and that helped me (to get nominated). To be part of the team that had three girls nominated and Coach Moseley winning is a really big deal.

“This is just the beginning,” she continued. “My first three or four games, I was still getting used to playing basketball in high school, and I picked it up again about the middle of the season. Now that I know how it’s going, next year can only be better. ‘to improve.

Jai’Maya Ratliff, center for the elderly

Serving as the Lady Raiders’ biggest presence in the paint, Ratliff capped her career as Richmond’s second-leading scorer this winter. She averaged 12.8 PPG and was the team leader in rebounds per game, averaging 4.6 per game.

Compounding 333 total points in 26 games, Ratliff recorded his career-high 27 points against Pinecrest on January 27. She shot 80% from the field in that game, connecting on 12 of 15 shots to help Richmond stay in first place.

This outing was also one of Ratliff’s top 7 double-doubles of the season. She added 15 boards to her 27 points. In four of those double-doubles, Ratliff grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds.

Finishing seventh in SAC scoring this winter, Ratliff scored at least 15 points seven times and eclipsed the 20-point mark four times.

Ratliff plans to continue playing basketball at Guilford College while studying criminal justice.

“It’s really good to be in all the conferences because it shows that all of my hard work has paid off this season,” Ratliff said. “When the coach told me I was a bit surprised, but I also expected it since we all played so well.

“Rebounds, snaps and point-blank shots helped me a lot,” she added. “It’s what I do well, and I’m happy to end my career being named an all-conference.”

Ryelan Lyerly, second striker

Continuing to contribute to the success of the Lady Raiders in his second season at the college level, Lyerly’s role was to provide extra points and put pressure on opponents on defense.

Although he missed a few games due to injury, Lyerly averaged 5.8 PPG and was one of the Lady Raiders’ best three-point shooters.

She has 128 points in 22 games this season, including a season-high 13 points against Hoke County High School on Jan. 4. Lyerly also topped the 10-point mark in three different competitions.

“It means so much to me to be in all the conferences, and it really boosts my confidence,” Lyerly explained. “It makes me want to work harder and it shows what a good team we are. We have all worked hard together this season and this team means something deep to me in my heart.

“We grew so much as a team on and off the pitch, and that was the best part,” she continued. “The relationships and the bonds we’ve created have helped us hold each other accountable and that’s what really stood out to me this year.”

Head Coach Teddy Moseley

CAS Coach of the Year

Coach Moseley took over for the Lady Raiders at the start of the 2018-19 season and during that period recorded an overall record of 53-34 (winning percentage of 61%).

Last season was the best yet under Moseley, seeing the Lady Raiders go 20-6 on aggregate (77% winning percentage) and a perfect 12-0 against opponents SAC.

He also helped secure the team’s first conference title in 11 years.

“We started four years ago and the first year was a little tough, but every year we got better,” Moseley said. “So that means a lot to me. It’s a testament to my coaching staff and the dedication and hard work of the players.

“I’m only as good as my coaching staff and the players, and I definitely give them all the accolades for this award,” he added. “I appreciate it and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to coach this team.”

While the Lady Raiders were disappointed with their second-round start, Moseley said local basketball fans can expect more from the Richmond girls next season.

“Our message for next season is to take what we felt from this loss and continue to build on it,” he concluded. “We’ve done some good things this season with 20 wins and to be undefeated in the conference is impressive.

“We will be back to work soon and ready to play again.”

The Richmond Observer will publish the All-Conference team for the men’s basketball team when it comes out after the playoffs.

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