February 17, 2010
Charlottesville and Western Albemarle put together two tough battles during the regular season, and now they'll go at it again, after both were victorious in their respective Jefferson District semifinal match ups on Wednesday night.
Top seeded Charlottesville took the floor first against upset-minded Orange. The Hornets came in as two time defending Jefferson District Tournament champions, but would prove no match for the Knights this time around. After Orange scored the first bucket of the night, Charlottesville exploded for an 11-0 run, including seven straight points by Maurice Jackson, and never looked back, topping the Hornets, 76-58. Jackson finished with a game high 23 points.
Western Albemarle, meanwhile, needed a comeback, but still was able to top Fluvanna, 52-45, in the second semifinal of the night. The two teams battled back and forth for much of the first half, which ended with Fluvanna clinging to a 22-20 lead. The Flucos held a two point lead late in the third quarter before Western went on a run and hit some timely shots down the stretch to clinch the victory. Christian Pierce scored a game high 22 points to lead the Warriors to the championship game berth.
Charlottesville and Western Albemarle will now meet at 8:00 pm on Friday in the Jefferson District title game. These two squads are not at all unfamiliar with each other. The Knights swept the regular season series, but both games could have easily swung the other direction. On December 11, Charlottesville went into Crozet and topped the Warriors on their home court, 65-64. January 22 saw another one point contest, as the Knights overcame a double-digit second half deficit to come back and win, 51-50.
In other action, Albemarle advanced to the Commonwealth District semifinals with a quarterfinal win over Massaponax on Wednesday night. Rashad Talley and Jake Hendrix each scored 16 points to lead the Patriots to the 63-50 win. Albemarle will host North Stafford on Friday in the district semifinals.
On the girls side, STAB jumped out to a 32-13 halftime lead and went on to top Collegiate in the LIS semifinals, 62-49.
Click on the above video link to view highlights from Wednesday's games.