Manchester duo legacy leading scorers

Fred Jeter | 2/29/2024, 6 p.m.
If the names Woolfolk and Wright sound familiar to serious basketball fans, they should.

If the names Woolfolk and Wright sound familiar to serious basketball fans, they should.

Manchester High’s top scorers, Mia Woolfolk and Rayne Wright, are the daughters of former University of Richmond star Pete Woolfolk and ex-Old Dominion University (ODU) standout Rasheed Wright, respectively.

A senior who has committed to the University of Georgia, the powerful 6-foot-2 Woolfolk averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds while helping the Lancers into this week’s State Class 6 tournament. She has a dominant presence near the basket at both ends of the floor.

Wright, a 5-foot-11 junior, averaged 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals, playing for her father, Rasheed, at the Chesterfield County school.

The Lancers, after beating previously undefeated Thomas Dale for the Region 6A title, carried a 24-3 record into the Class 6 State tournament. The finals will be next week at the Siegel Center.

The fathers of both girls were big-time collegiate performers.

The burly, 6-foot-6 Pete Woolfolk helped lead Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe to a State Group AAA title in 1984 before going to UR and playing for Coach Dick Tarrant.

Helping UR to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1988, Woolfolk scored 1,604 Spider points and snared 859 rebounds between 1984 and 1988. He is a member of the UR Athletic Hall of Fame.

Rasheed Wright, a native of Greensboro, N.C., scored 1,185 points and snagged 465 rebounds for ODU between 1999 and 2003 for Coach Blaine Taylor.

The 6-foot-5 Wright played 13 professional seasons in France before getting into coaching.

With the Woolfolk and Wright girls in the Manchester lineup, the Lancers are 61-13 the past three seasons. Last year, they reached the Class 6 finals before falling in overtime to James Madison of Vienna.

Mia Woolfolk made All-State in hoops last year and is a two-time All-State pick in softball. Her older brother, Jay, is a pitcher at the University of Virginia.