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Lady Chargers rip Northampton

by Tom Hardin

The Middlesex High Lady Chargers went on the road and rolled over Northampton 59-40 on the Eastern Shore Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Region A Division II Tournament.

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Middlesex forward Ashae Burnett shoots over Mathews defender Sharese Jarvis in last Friday’s 47-32 loss to the Lady Blue Devils in the finals of the Tidewater District Tournament at King William.  (Photo by Tom Hardin)
Fifth-seeded Middlesex will visit top-seeded Lancaster Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., and the winner will advance to Saturday’s 6 p.m. title game at Lancaster. The Lady Red Devils routed Sussex 77-47 Tuesday night in the opening round.

Middlesex lost to Lancaster three times during the regular season. Lancaster was the State Division II runner-up last year.

The boys title game of the Region A Division II Tournament will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster following the girls title game.

In the win over Northampton, senior forward Kiersten Baylor scored 24 points and senior forward Ashae Burnett added 16 to lead the Lady Chargers to what was an easier than expected win. MHS led 37-13 at the half and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Ashley Williams added 5 points for Middlesex (18-8), Katrina Reed and Whitney Walton each tallied 4, and Micah Reed, Tanicka Kimble and Chelsea Lewter contributed 2 apiece.

Crystal Chavous led fourth-seeded Northampton with 17 points.

In Region A Division I Tournament action, Mathews defeated Colonial Beach 41-26 and West Point downed Surry 55-45 to set up a semifinal matchup between these two Tidewater District powerhouses tonight at Mathews.

Mathews 47 - Middlesex 32

Mathews (21-3) held Mid-dlesex to only 2 points over the last 11 minutes and went on to defeat the Lady Chargers 47-32 in the championship game of the Tidewater District girls basketball tournament Friday night at King William.

Middlesex took a 29-27 lead with four minutes to play in the third quarter when guard Amanda Brown intercepted a Mathews pass and scored a layup. Middlesex forward Ashae Burnett added a free throw a minute later to give the Lady Chargers a 30-27 lead. However, the rest of the game was all Mathews.

The Lady Devils led 32-30 at the end of the third quarter and outscored Middlesex 15-2 in the final quarter. A 15-footer by guard Katrina Reed with three minutes left in the game was the only fourth quarter points for the Lady Chargers.

Mathews used a tight zone defense to stifle the Middlesex offense and limit the Lady Chargers to only 12 field goals.

Burnett had 14 points to pace Middlesex and Brown added 6, including the Lady Chargers’ only 3-pointer. Meagan Payne added 4 points, and Micah Reed, K. Reed, Kiersten Baylor and Chelsea Lewter had 2 apiece.

Sharese Jarvis led Mathews with 14 points, and Maggie Scribe and Briana Mailes tallied 10 apiece.

Colonial Beach routed Mathews in the boys regional title game that followed the girls game.

Middlesex 44 - West Point 39

Third-seeded Middlesex stunned second-seeded West Point 44-39 on Feb. 18 at West Point in the semifinals of the Tidewater District girls basketball tournament.

Middlesex played outstanding defense and pulled away in the third quarter to seal the win. The game was knotted 23-23 at the half, but the Lady Chargers outscored West Point 11-6 in the third quarter.

Ashae Burnett paced MHS with 19 points, center Micah Reed added 9, and Kimberly Ammons had 7.

Kiara Gaines led West Point with 18 points.

For the latest scores, visit SSentinel.com. 

posted 02.26.2009

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