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Lady Chargers to be tested in season finales

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Members of the Middlesex High varsity basketball team include, front row from left, Ashley Williams, Meagan Payne, Raquel Pierce, Tanicka Kimble and Whitney Walton; middle row, assistant coach Karen Lewis, Amanda Brown, Brianna Brooks, Katrina Reed, Chelsea Lewter and managers Courtney Sibley and Caitlyn Sibley; back row, Kimberly Ammons, Ashae Burnett, Micah Reed, Kiersten Baylor, Kristen Andrews and head coach William Griffin. Team members will wear pink warm-ups and observe a moment of silence in recognition of breast cancer awareness at tonight’s game against Mathews.

The Middlesex High varsity girls basketball team will face two key games over the next five days against two of the state’s top-ranked teams, Mathews and West Point.

Tonight, Feb. 5, sixth-ranked Mathews, which is undefeated in the Tidewater District, invades MHS.

On Monday, Feb. 9, the Lady Chargers will host fifth-ranked West Point in their final game of the regular season. West Point’s only two district losses are to Mathews, which defeated the Pointers for the second time 55-41 on Monday.

Middlesex (6-2, 14-6) is in third place with one loss each to Mathews and West Point.

When Middlesex played at Mathews on Jan. 15, the Lady Chargers staged a late rally in an attempt to overcome a 19-point deficit, but ran out of time in a 43-40 loss.

Middlesex’s only other district loss was at West Point, 67-50, on Jan. 22.

In recent action, the Lady Chargers defeated King William 58-26 on Jan. 29, and downed winless King and Queen 65-20 on Feb. 2.

Ashae Burnett scored 24 points against visiting King William, Micah Reed added 10, Kiersten Baylor, Ashley Williams and Whitney Walton had 4 each, and Brianna Brooks, Katrina Reed, Tanicka Kimble, Chelsea Lewter, Meagan Payne and Kimberly Ammons tallied 2 apiece.

At King and Queen on Monday, Burnett led the way with 16 points, Baylor had 13, M. Reed 7, Brooks 6, Ammons, Williams, Payne and Lewter 4 each, Kimble 3, Raquel Pierce 2, and Walton 2.

posted 02.04.2009

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