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Lady Charger seniors to be honored tonight

Lady Charger Gabby Hopkins (right) shoots a jumper over two Mathews defenders in Monday’s loss to the Devils. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

On Monday the Mathews varsity girls basketball team avenged an earlier loss to Middlesex with a 46-28 win in Saluda.

The first half was a close battle with Middlesex taking a three-point lead at halftime on a 3-pointer by Grace Rutkowski at the buzzer.

However, the Lady Chargers came out flat in the third quarter and the Lady Blue Devils took control of the game, scoring 15 unanswered points and taking a 31-23 lead as the third quarter ended.

Mathews continued its inspired play in the fourth quarter while the Lady Chargers continued to struggle with turnovers. “It seems like we ran out of gas,” said Middlesex coach Neil Wake. “I burned timeouts and substituted to give everyone a blow. We just continued to turn the ball over and it was unexplainable because they were not putting pressure on us. We just hit a wall and could not push past it.”

Avis Keeling led Middlesex with 8 points. Gabby Hopkins and Brittin Payne each had 6, and Grace Rutkowski and Zinnie Reed added 4 apiece.

Middlesex will host West Point on Thursday, February 6, in its Senior Night game.

On Wednesday, February 12, the Lady Chargers will visit West Point. On Thursday, February 13, Charles City will visit Middlesex. The JVs play at 6 p.m. followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.

Also, the MHS JV girls will play at Mathews on Saturday, February 15, at 4 p.m.

posted 02.05.2014

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