January 30, 2009
The high school basketball regular season is winding down, as postseason district tournaments are approaching. Friday marked a full slate of action on both the boys and girls sides.
In boys action, Charlottesville kept its lead in the Jefferson District, as the Knights had no problems with Louisa, topping the Lions, 90-31. Omari Minor led Charlottesville with a game high 19 points, while Maurice Jackson chipped in 15. The Knights began the game on a 16-2 run and opened up the lead from there.
Fluvanna presented some early problems for Western Albemarle, but the Warriors took control in the second half. Western, playing its second game in as many nights, was able to hang on for the 66-44 victory.
William Monroe entered Friday's match up with Orange just 24 hours removed from a victory against Western Albemarle, and kept the momentum going. The Dragons topped Orange, 64-51, to take sole possession of third place in the Jefferson District. William Monroe has won six of its last seven games.
The Madison Mountaineers kept their perfect season alive, topping Manassas Park, 58-38. Logan Terrell scored 18 points to lead the Madison charge and David Falk chipped in 13. The Mountaineers improve to 19-0 and will look for win number 20 on Monday against George Mason.
Albemarle got a big Commonwealth District win in dramatic fashion on Friday night, topping Massaponax, 57-55. Cameron Anderson hit the game winning shot as time expired to secure the victory. Andre Roberts paced the Patriots with 14 points, while Anderson added 12.
Girls action saw Charlottesville top Louisa, 73-37. Shawntae Payne led the Knights with a game high 29 points.
William Monroe held onto its Jefferson District lead, topping Orange, 55-54, in a nail-biter. Melanie Lamb led the way for the Dragons with 26 points.
K-anna Loyd scored 21 points to lead Fluvanna, as the Flucos topped Western Albemarle, 53-37. Fluvanna holds on to third place in the district standings.
In Commonwealth action, Albemarle topped Massaponax, 51-42. Kara Elder scored 13 points to lead the Patriots, who opened up a ten point lead in the second quarter and held off the Panthers in the second half.
A local track and field star also made some noise on Friday night, as Western Albemarle's Tyler Stutzman took the track at Madison Square Garden in the Millrose Games. This meet is one of the biggest indoor meets on the east coast, and Stutzman held his own. The Warrior runner finished fourth in a time of 4:21.11. Stutzman led several laps, but relinquished the lead on the final lap. Never the less, Stutzman put together a solid performance on the national stage.
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