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JV Lady Chargers tie for district title

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Middlesex JV standout Lara Lucas goes high to shoot over a Mathews defender in last Thursday’s 40-27 win. (Photo by Tom Hardin)

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex High junior varsity girls basketball team tied for the Tidewater District championship with wins over Mathews 40-27 and West Point 42-15.

The JV Lady Chargers finished the season 9-1 in the Tidewater District and 15-2 overall.

The JV Lady Chargers tied Colonial Beach (9-1) for the championship. Middlesex’s only district loss was a 34-33 decision to Colonial Beach, whose only district loss was to Middlesex, 37-30.

“God blessed us with a successful season,” said Middlesex JV coach Michael Lewis Sr. “We were blessed with a fine group of young ladies who worked hard on the court and are good model citizens. I think they will continue to be an asset to the MHS basketball program.”

In the win over Mathews, which finished in third place, Lara Lucas led Middlesex with 10 points, Jasmine Fells and Nila Robinson each added 9, Anna Reed scored 8 and Bridgette Self had 4.

Fells led the Lady Chargers against West Point with 10 points, Chelsi Blake added 8, Robinson and Beth Guill had 6 apiece, Jocelyn Brown and A. Brown had 4 each, and Allison Payne and Self added 2 each. Lara Lucas did not play due to an injury and Latasha Cephas was ill.

Lewis thanked all who helped make this a memorable season, including assistant coach Bennie Burrell “for his knowledge of the game. He’s an all-around great help.”

He also thanked his wife Karen and Neil Wake, both of whom are assistant varsity coaches, and head varsity coach William Griffin. “They all made good suggestions,” said Coach Lewis.

Lewis thanked varsity managers Caitlyn and Courtney Sibley, who helped JV manager Jherrica Marsh this season.

Also thanked was Molly Landon who videoed the games, scorekeepers Monae Peters and Kim Bagby, all the parents, and school administrators.

posted 02.12.2009

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