February 25, 2010
For the few high school basketball teams still standing in our area, Thursday night marked a chance to do several things. Squads had the chance to earn state tournament berths with wins in their respective regional semifinal games, while others looked to move one step closer to a conference title.
The Madison boys improved to 23-0 on the season with a big 75-48 win over Luray in the Region B semifinals. Logan Terrell paced the Mountaineers with 22 points. Ben Breeden's squad will take on Altavista in the Region B Championship on Saturday night at 8:00 at Spotswood High School.
Western Albemarle showed no signs of rust after its first round bye in the Region II Tournament. The Warriors welcomed Handley to Crozet for their semifinal match up and used a big fourth quarter to roll to the 58-40 win. The Warriors clinch a berth in the AA state tournament and move onto the Region II title game.
In the other Region II semifinal, Charlottesville pulled away down the stretch to earn the 74-61 victory over Kettle Run. The Knights led 35-28 at the half and opened up the lead to double digits in the third quarter. After Kettle Run pulled back to within six, Charlottesville went on another run to seal the victory. Maurice Jackson scored a game high 26 points to fuel the Charlottesville win, while Daquan Jones chipped in 17 points. The Knights will meet Western Albemarle in the Region II Championship on Saturday night at 7:45 pm. This will mark a rematch of the Jefferson District title game that saw Western take the win. The previous three meetings between the two teams have been decided by a total of six points. Action will tip off at Orange County High School.
Albemarle saw its season come to an end on Thursday. The Patriots traveled to Patrick Henry for the Northwest Region quarterfinals, but returned on the losing end of a 57-33 score. Andrew Mann scored nine points to lead Albemarle in the loss.
Private school action saw Covenant hit the court as the top seed in the VIC semifinals. After a close first half, the Eagles were able to distance themselves in the second half and go on for the 65-52 win. They'll face North Cross on Saturday in the VIC Championship game at Virginia Episcopal School.
The Miller School took the court in the VIC tournament on the Division I side. The Mavericks' match up with Roanoke Catholic was moved to Saint Anne's Belfield due to a power outage at Miller. When the game tipped off, it saw the Mavericks roll to the 62-52 win. They'll face Liberty Christian on Saturday in the title game, also at VES. The Bulldogs got by Blue Ridge in the other semifinal on Thursday in a low scoring affair, 36-30.
Girls action saw a rematch of the Jefferson District title game in the Region II semifinal. Fluvanna and Western Albemarle went toe-to-toe and put together an instant classic that saw the Flucos win, 45-44, in double overtime. Mia Loyd and K-anna Loyd each scored 17 points in the win, as Mia hit the game winning free throw with two seconds remaining. The Flucos earn a state tournament bid and move on to the Region II Championship.
Fluvanna will tip off with Millbrook in that title game, which ended William Monroe's season on Thursday, 89-45. The two teams will tip off on Saturday at 6:00 pm at Orange County High School.
In the private circuit, Miller welcomed Holy Cross for BRC Tournament action and topped the Gaels, 54-29. The Mavericks will move on to play Liberty Christian for the title on Saturday.