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Lady Chargers improve to 3-2

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Middlesex’s Brianna Brooks (left) and Megan Payne apply the defensive pressure to a Lancaster player.
by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex High School varsity girls basketball team defeated Washington & Lee on Saturday and Essex on Tuesday, but fell to Northern Neck District powerhouse Lancaster on December 9.

The 50-37 win over W&L was in the consolation game of the James Monroe Tip Off Tournament, which was originally scheduled to be played on December 5 but postponed due to bad weather.

Middlesex was missing five players against W&L, including starters Micah Reed and Amanda Brown.

“I had some players step up,” said head coach Michael Lewis Sr., who praised the play of Megan Payne, Ashley Williams, Brianna Brooks and Chelsea Lewter.

“Megan got a lot of steals from our press and that gave her some easy baskets.” Payne tallied a team-high 18 points in the game.

Brooks added 10 points for MHS. “She had some key assists,” said Lewis. “Her passing was better and she was able to hit the open player. Her defense also picked up and was more intense.”

Lewter added 8 points. “Her defense was good,” said Lewis. “Offensively, Chelsea took more shots which led to more points for her.

Lewis said Lewter took on “the leadership role” since she was the only captain at the game for the Lady Chargers.

Williams scored 8 points. “Her defensive and offensive rebounding has improved greatly,” said Lewis. “She was able to get some easy put-backs for baskets.”

Raquel Pierce had 2 points “and really hustled,” said Lewis.

Jasmine Fells also had 2 points. “She ran the offense well when point guard Brianna Brooks rested in the third and fourth quarters.”

In Tuesday’s 70-47 win over Essex, Reed scored 19 and Payne 15 to lead MHS.

On December 9, Middlesex and Lancaster were tied 8-8 after the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils broke it open near the end of the second quarter. “It was all downhill for us the rest of the game,” said Lewis of the 62-33 thumping. “We just got outplayed.”

Payne led MHS with 9 points against LHS, M. Reed had 7, Fells 6, and Brooks 4. With 2 points apiece were Pierce, Brown and Sabin Helbrecht. Davina Peters hit a foul shot.
All-State forward Andrea White led LHS with 33 points.

The Lady Chargers will host Rappahannock tonight, December 17. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games are at 7:30 p.m.

posted 12.17.2009

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