March 3, 2012
On Friday night, the Fluvanna boys' basketball team kept their season alive with a 75-58 win over James Monroe in the Group AA Division 3 quarterfinals.
The Flucos opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run and outscored Monroe 25-4 in the final quarter. With the win, the Flucos advance to the state semifinals where they'll square off with Cave Spring on Tuesday.
"It's gonna be a great challenge for us," said Fluvanna head coach Munro Rateau. "They won the state a couple years ago so again, we're gonna have to play our best basketball if we want to keep advancing and I'm just really proud of this team."
Senior YaYa Anderson scored 25 points Friday, 15 in the first quarter, to guide the Flucos back to the state semifinals -- where their postseason run came to an end in 2011.
"The sky's the limit and we can do anything that we put our minds to," said Anderson. "There's not limit to this team. We can always do stuff better and that's what we're gonna do in practice. We're gonna come in and work on all the bad stuff we did in this game."
Senior Jake Smith scored six straight points in the first quarter, and scored a pair of key buckets in the fourth. The senior was pivotal in the team's defensive effort, holding 6'8 James Monroe forward Te’Quan Alers to four points in the second half (after 13 in the first half). Freshman Vinny Agee scored 19 points and recorded three steals in the fourth quarter alone.
"I think we have a lot of confidence now," said Smith. I could tell our minds were in it on the way to this game and we came out with intensity from the very beginning, which is what we needed all year long. Now that we realize that we have potential to play like that, we can do that every single game from here on out."
Fluvanna and Cave Spring play Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Seigal Center in Richmond. The winner will advance to the Group AA Division 3 state championship.