Defense dominant as MHS girls roll
|Sophomore Megan Payne had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Middlesex. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
The Middlesex High girls varsity basketball team started its regular season with a 65-42 win over visiting Essex on Monday.
Coach Michael Lewis Sr. said he was happy with how his team executed its press. “We were a little lackadaisical in the first half,” he said, “but by the third quarter our press picked up its intensity and we were able to get a substantial lead. That turned the game around.”
Lewis went to the press in the second quarter. “All in all, I am proud of the overall effort,” he said.
Sophomore Megan Payne tallied 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals. “She was a key element on the press,” said Lewis.
Center Micah Reed added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Brianna Brooks was good for 11 points and 3 steals.
Raquel Pierce added 8 points and Amanda Brown had 4.
Ashley Williams, Jasmine Fells and Chelsea Lewter each had 2 points.
On December 2, Middlesex lost 57-31 to host James Monroe at the James Monroe Invitational Tournament. MHS was scheduled to play W&L in the consolation game of the tourney, but it was postponed due to snow. James Monroe will play Manassas Park for the title. The games had not been rescheduled at press time.
The Lady Chargers hosted Lancaster on December 9. Next week they travel to Essex on Tuesday, December 15, and host Rappahannock on Thursday, December 17.
JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games follow at 7:30 p.m.