Lady Chargers host Indians Friday night
by Tom Chillemi
The Middlesex High varsity girls basketball team lost to Lancaster and Colonial Beach in recent non-Tidewater District action.
The Lancaster Lady Red Devils sent the visiting Lady Chargers season record to 0-4 after handing them a 68-22 defeat on December 5. The young Lady Chargers wilted under the constant defensive pressure of Lancaster, said MHS head coach Neil Wake.
Lancaster is returning their core players from last year’s squad and “they looked the part,” said Wake.
The bright spot for the game was that the Lady Chargers never stopped fighting until the end, said Wake. “This group will turn the corner and I still believe they will be special before this year is done,” Wake said. “Leadership is still what we are looking for but I will not downplay the heart and desire of this team.”
For Middlesex, Avis Keeling led the Chargers with 7 points. Nila Robinson added 6 points, while Dana Hunter tallied 3 points. With 2 points each were Brittin Payne and Monica Ward. Tambria Wake and Zinnie Reed each had a point.
Colonial Beach came to town and escaped with a 52-41 victory on December 7. It was a tough battle as the Lady Drifters took a 27-23 halftime lead. The third quarter proved to be the quarter when the Lady Chargers became unraveled enough for the Lady Drifters to open up a 15-point lead.
Once again turnovers were a problem for MHS. “We constantly get in a rush, and I always preach that this is a marathon and not a sprint,” said Wake. “Once we grasp that concept we will start to roll through our games. We are now 0-5, and record-wise it looks bad, but when you work the way we work the payoffs have to come.”
Leading Middlesex in scoring was Gabby Hopkins with 11; Grace Rutkowski had 9 points; Tambria Wake and Zinnie Reed each added 6 points; Brittin Payne had 4; Shannon Bristow and Avis Keeling each added 2; and Nila Robinson had one.
Middlesex will host Northumberland on Friday, December 14, and Lancaster on Tuesday, December 18. On Thursday, December 20, Middlesex is at Rappahannock for the final game before the holidays.
The varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by JV games at 6 p.m.