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Lady Chargers host Drifters Friday night

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Middlesex’s Avis Keeling (with ball) scored 5 points against Northumberland. In the background are teammates Gabby Hopkins (#12) and Grace Rutkowski (#14). The Lady Chargers will host Colonial Beach on Friday, December 7. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Lady Chargers varsity girls basketball team suffered a 42-26 defeat on Friday to visiting Northumberland, and lost 48-38 to visiting Essex on Monday.

On Friday, Northumberland jumped to an early lead and never looked back.

The Lady Chargers managed to cut the NHS lead to 10 points, but that is the closest they got. “Once again we showed flashes of what type of team we can be,” said MHS coach Neil Wake. “These young ladies continue to fight until the clock reads triple zeros.”

Wake remains confident in his girls. “I am just smiling because I realize what is right around the corner,” he said. “When this team starts to turn the corner, look out.”

Brittin Payne led Middlesex with 6 points while Avis Keeling added 5. Grace Rutkowski and Monica Ward each scored 4 points. Shannon Bristow, Tambria Wake and Brooke Rowe hit for 2 points apiece, and Gabby Hopkins made one free throw.

Essex handed the Lady Chargers their third defeat in as many starts Monday night. Once again the Lady Chargers got off to a very slow start, but showed promise when they trimmed the Trojan lead from 11 points to 4 points and trailed 23-19 at the half. 

Turnovers, poor rebounding, and subpar free throw shooting were too much to overcome, said MHS coach Neil Wake. “We are improving every game and that is our ultimate goal. We would like to win them all, but if we just keep progressing we will end up where we want to be. 

“We will practice and fix what we can,” said Wake. “I will have the opportunity to watch this team mature right before my eyes and I know it will be an amazing thing.”

Grace Rutkowski paced Middlesex against Essex with 10 points. Avis Keeling, and Zinnie Reed each had 6 points, Gabby Hopkins and Brittin Payne added 4 points each, Tambria Wake tallied 3, Nila Robinson and Brooke Rowe added 2 points each, and Monica Ward hit a free throw.

The Lady Chargers (0-3) will host Colonial Beach on Friday, December 7, and will travel to Essex (note schedule change) on Tuesday, December 11. They travel to Northumberland on Wednesday, December 12.

JV games start at 6 p.m. and the varsity games follow at 7:30 p.m.

posted 12.05.2012

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