Lancaster outlasts MHS girls for championship
|Senior Middlesex guard Katrina Reed (left) slices between two Lancaster defenders. (Photo by Tom Hardin)|
The Middlesex High varsity girls basketball team (1-0, 8-3) began its Tidewater District season with a 66-23 road win over Colonial Beach on Monday.
Middlesex now faces a busy Tidewater District schedule with a game nearly every three days through February 9, when the regular season ends.
The Lady Chargers will be tested tonight, Jan. 8, at King William. They host Rappahannock on Friday, Jan. 9, and host King and Queen on Monday, Jan. 12. JV games are at 6 p.m. and varsity games are at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Chargers finished second in the Middlesex Holiday Tournament Dec. 26-27. They defeated Essex 65-41 in the semifinals, but lost to Lancaster 65-55 in the hard-fought championship game before a large crowd in Saluda.
Lancaster led 30-27 at the half, but its press wore the Lady Chargers down in the third quarter and the Lady Devils took a 46-36 lead into the final period. LHS scored many of its points on breakaway baskets. Both teams scored 19 points in the fourth quarter.
|Middlesex freshman forward Meagan Payne drives the baseline against Lancaster. (Photo by Tom Hardin)|
Tournament MVP Andrea White scored 22 points to lead the Lady Red Devils, including 10 in the pivotal third quarter.
Ashae Burnett led Middlesex with 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Brianna Brooks added 12 points, including a 3-pointer. Kiersten Baylor connected for 9 points, which included a 3-pointer.
Micah Reed added 6 points for MHS and battled the athletic Devils on the boards.
Freshman Meagan Payne played a strong floor game and scored 4 points. Amanda Brown hit a 3-pointer, and Katrina Reed and Tanicka Kimble each made a free throw.
Lancaster’s Takeia Jones joined White on the All-Tournament team along with Burnett of Middlesex, Brianna Miales and Sharese Jarvis of Mathews, and Amber Smith of Essex.
In the 65-41 tournament semifinal win over Essex, Burnett led MHS with 23 points, M. Reed, Baylor and Payne had 6 apiece, K. Reed and Raquel Pierce 5 each, Kimberly Ammons and Tanicka Reed 4 apiece, and Whitney Walton and Brooks 2 each.
In the tournament other semifinal, Lancaster downed Mathews 57-47. Mathews won the third place game, 54-26 over Essex.
MHS 66, Colonial Beach 23
On Monday, Burnett tallied 16 points as Middlesex dominated winless Colonial Beach 66-23. Baylor had 8 points; Walton, Payne and Ammons had 6 apiece; M. Reed 5; K. Reed, Brooks and Ashley Williams 4 each; and Kimble 2.