Lady Chargers oust West Point in tournament opener
by Tom Chillemi
On Monday, February 13, the Middlesex High Lady Chargers varsity basketball team avenged two earlier losses to West Point by defeating the Lady Pointers 49-31 in the first round of the Conference 42 tournament at West Point.
“We decided to make a good impression early and we played solid defense just as we had in the previous meeting with the Lady Pointers, but with the return of our leading scorer Emilie Smith, the offense got a much-needed shot in the arm,” said MHS coach Neil Wake.
The Lady Chargers took control of this contest in the second quarter and never looked back. “The game was highly contested and a lot closer than the final score would indicate,” said Coach Wake. “The girls are not ready to go home yet. We have a lot that we are playing for, and that makes us a close-knit family.”
Smith led the Lady Chargers with 20 points. Also for Middlesex, Zariah Freeze scored 9 points, Lyndsay Greene 9, Amber Self 6, Rachael Howard 3, and Sarah Walton 2.
The Lady Chargers played at Cumberland on Wednesday, February 15. The winner of that game will play the winner of the other semifinal game between Mathews and Central Lunenburg for the Conference 42 championship on Friday, February 17, on the home court of the higher seed.
The game was very close throughout with the Lady Chargers leading most of the way. However, the MHS girls faltered down the stretch with missed free throws and untimely turnovers and lost 31-28.
“We coaches put a plan in place and it was very successful, but you can’t account for missed free throws,” said Coach Wake.
Scoring for Middlesex were Zariah Freeze with 9 points, Rachael Howard 6, Brianna Bagby 4, Sarah Walton 4, Amber Self 3, and Lyndsay Greene 2.