December 2, 2009
Several area high school basketball teams got their 2009-2010 seasons underway on Wednesday night and the action was headlined by a battle of two state contenders from a year ago.
Madison traveled to Charlottesville for both teams' season opener. Charlottesville came out firing, opening up a seven point lead in the first half, but the Mountaineers used a late second quarter rally to pull ahead and take a two point lead into halftime, 35-33. The game remained close throughout much of the second half as well, but Madison used the fourth quarter to pull away and grab the 66-58 win. It marked Ben Breeden's first win at the head of the Mountaineers since taking over for Tim Taylor, who departed in the off-season to be an assistant coach for Debbie Ryan and the Virginia women.
Western Albemarle and Albemarle met in a cross-county clash in Crozet. The Patriots opened up a seven point lead in the second quarter, but the Warriors made it interesting in the second. Albemarle had too much in the end for the Warriors, winning 63-58. Patriots head coach Greg Maynard gets the win over his brother Darren, who is the Warriors' head coach.
The two teams met in girls action as well on the Patriots' home floor. Western opened up the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back, winning 50-29. Raven Ward scored 12 points for the Warriors in the victory.
Other girls action saw Fluvanna topping Buckingham, 80-39.
Click on the above video link to view highlights of Wednesday's action.