February 17, 2009
The Charlottesville boys basketball team entered the Jefferson District tournament as the top seed and had a first round bye, but was unable to shake off rust, as the Knights fell to fourth seeded Orange, 71-63, in the district semifinals Tuesday night. The Hornets led by as many as 18 points and held off a Charlottesville charge to secure the win.
The Hornets will take on Western Albemarle in Friday's Jefferson District championship game. The Warriors topped William Monroe in the other semifinal, 67-59. Christian Pierce scored 16 points to lead Western.
Orange and Western Albemarle will now meet in the district championship game on Friday on the Warriors' home court. The two teams split their regular season meetings, with each team winning in its own gym. Tip off for the match up is set for 8:00pm.
In prep league action, STAB kept its season alive with a convincing 77-57 win against St. Christopher's in their first round playoff match up. Brett Goodloe scored 24 points and dished out five assists to lead the way for the Saints. STAB advances and will play a to-be-determined opponent at Trinity on Friday at 5:30pm.
On the girls side, Jefferson District semifinals will tip off on Wednesday with William Monroe as the number one seed. The Dragons have been an extraordinary story this season, as they only collected two total wins just one year ago, including an 0-12 district campaign. They will take on Fluvanna in the first semifinal Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Charlottesville and Orange will meet in the other semifinal at 8:00pm. Action tips off at Western Albemarle High School.
Click on the above video link to view highlights from Tuesday's action, and to see Jed Gamber's report on the William Monroe girls basketball team.