JV girls rally for 25-22 win over King William
|With 30 seconds to play against King William Monday night, JV Lady Charger Rachael Howard (with ball) was fouled on the play above. She made a free throw to seal a 25-22 Middlesex win. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
by Tom Chillemi
The Middlesex High JV girls basketball team rallied to edge King William on Monday in a 25-22 Tidewater District win.
Middlesex started strong and took a 6-2 lead in the first quarter. Then King William started making shots and led 10-9 at halftime.
The teams matched points and after three quarters King William led 16-15.
In the fourth quarter King William took a five-point lead. Middlesex coach Roy Self changed his defense to man to man, which earned Middlesex some turnovers.
With about 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 22-22, Rachael Howard hit for three of her four game points when it counted. Howard grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled shooting a put back that went in the basket. Howard made her free-throw to seal the 25-22 Lady Charger win.
“The girls played really well considering there were no practices in over a week due to the inclement weather,” Self said.
Emilie Smith led Middlesex scoring with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals. Rachael Howard had 4 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals. Julianna Solomon added 4 points and 11 rebounds. Miranda Kimble had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Morgan Charnock was good for 3 points, a rebound, 2 steals and a block.
Also for Middlesex, Abigail Foster had 3 rebounds; Cameron Ward, 2 steals; and Cheyenne Pullman, a steal.
The win elevates the Middlesex JV to 3-1 in the district and 8-1 overall.
The Lady Chargers have three district games in the coming week. They are scheduled to play at King and Queen on Thursday, January 30. Middlesex hosts Mathews on Monday, February 3, and West Point on Thursday, February 6, in the final game of the regular season, which will be senior night.
The JV plays at 6 p.m. and the varsity follows at 7:30 p.m.