LHS boys and girls are Region A champs
|Middlesex junior center Micah Reed (right) blocks a shot by Lancaster’s Jasmine Moody in last Thursday’s Region A semifinals. (Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi)|
Lancaster High scored a dual victory Saturday night as its boys and girls basketball teams captured their respective Region A Division 2 tournament championships at LHS.
It’s the first time in school history that both LHS teams won Region A, Division 2 championships in the same season and earned home berths in the state tournament.
The Lady Devils will host Region B runner-up Randolph Henry at 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 7, at King William. The boys game will follow with Lancaster hosting Region B runner-up Dan River at 3:45 p.m.
The winner in the boys game will move on to the state semifinal game on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond.
The girls winner will play in a semifinal game on Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at the Siegel Center.
As the Region A runner-up, the Northumberland girls will play Region B champion George Mason this Saturday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. at James W. Robinson Secondary School.
In Saturday’s first championship game, the Lady Devils pulled away early, outscoring Northumberland 19-7 in the first quarter and never trailing in a 66-35 win.
Andrea White paced Lancaster and led all scorers, putting up 24 points before coming out with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. White, the Northern Neck District Player of the Year, took home two more trophies following the championship as the Region A Player of the Year and the Region A Tournament MVP.
In the boys final, Joseph Betts scored 21 points to lead three double-digit scorers for Lancaster, which topped Northampton 71-57. Betts earned All-Region honors and was named the MVP of the boys tournament. He sank 12 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to help Lancaster break open a close game.
Lancaster broke open a close game in the second half and cruised to a 58-39 victory over Middlesex in the semifinals of the Region A Division II girls basketball tournament at Lancaster Thursday night.
The Lady Chargers trailed by only one point with four minutes to play in the third quarter but several MHS turnovers helped the Lady Red Devils pull away and lead 46-33 going into the fourth quarter.
Lancaster held Middlesex to only 6 points in the final quarter.
Andrea White paced Lan-caster with 24 points and Tyesha Harvey had 18.
Ashae Burnett tallied 15 points to lead Middlesex. Micah Reed added 9, Kiersten Baylor 8, Katrina Reed 3, and Kimberly Ammons and Amanda Brown 2 apiece.
The loss ended the season for coach William Griffin’s Lady Chargers (18-9).
In the Region A Division I (smaller schools) semifinals, West Point stunned Tidewater District champion Mathews 50-46 on the Lady Blue Devils’ home court to advance to the championship game. Kiarra Gaines scored a game-high 20 points for the Lady Pointers, including four crucial free throws in the final minute.
Franklin downed West Point (18-3) in overtime to win the Region A Division I title on Saturday night at Surry. In the boys Division I title game, Colonial Beach routed Franklin 84-57.