February 28, 2012
The Miller boys will have one last shot at Blue Ridge this basketball season, after a win in their state opener sets up their fourth meeting of the season on Wednesday night. The Mavericks defeated John Paul the Great Tuesday 87-71 in the first round of the VISAA tournament, a lopsided game that allowed Coach Scott Willard to rest some of their his key players.
Miller led 19-18 heading into the second quarter, when the Mavericks went on a 17-3 scoring run. Kansas-bound senior Andrew White scored 11 points during that stretch, tallying 21 total in the first half. Miller outscored John Paul 28-10 in the second quarter to take a commanding 19-point lead into halftime, 47-28.
In the third quarter the team's traded baskets early, but the Hawks saw the deficit grow to 25 heading into the fourth quarter. White finished with 26 points, despite sitting the final ten minutes of the game, and a portion of the first half.
Blue Ridge and Miller will square off for the fourth and final time this season on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at BRS. The Barons have won all three previous meetings, including the VIC Championship game Saturday night.
In girls' state tournament play, No. 8 seed St. Anne's-Belfield cruised past No. 9 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 43-31 to advance to the VISAA Division I quarterfinals. The Saints will travel to top seed Paul IV on Wednesday.
In Division II, Tandem Friends School advanced with a 38-21 win over Blessed-Sacrament. The ninth-seed Badgers meet No. 1 Williamsburg Christian in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Williamsport.
The VIS tournament also kicked off Tuesday for the Covenant girls team. The No. 8 Eagles edged North Cross 55-48 to advance to the quarterfinals opposite top-ranked Cape Henry.
VISAA Division I
Miller 87, John Paul The Great 71
VISAA Division I
St. Anne's-Belfield 43, Nansemond-Suffolk 3
VISAA Division II
Tandem Friends 38, Blessed Sacrament 21
VIS Division II
Covenant 55, North Cross 48