MHS girls burst Mathews’ undefeated bubble
|Junior center Micah Reed sparked the Lady Chargers past Mathews with an outstanding fourth quarter. Above, she chases down a ball against West Point.|
The Middlesex varsity girls basketball team (7-3, 15-7) finished in third place in the Tidewater District despite their 41-39 upset of regular season champion Mathews on Feb. 5 at MHS.
It was the first district loss for the Lady Blue Devils, who are ranked sixth in the latest State Group A poll.
The Lady Chargers lost a bid for a second place district finish when they lost to West Point 45-34 on Monday in their regular season finale. West Point is tied for eighth place in the state rankings, while Lancaster is ranked seventh.
In the upcoming district tournament, top-seeded Ma-thews (9-1, 18-3) and second-seeded West Point (8-2, 15-2) have automatic byes into the semifinals.
Middlesex, the third seed, will host sixth-seeded King and Queen (0-10, 0-18) at 7 p.m this Friday, Feb. 13. The winner plays at West Point in the semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., while Mathews will host the winner of the King William (4-6, 6-10) and Colonial Beach (2-8, 2-15) game at 7 p.m. the same night.
The girls district championship game will be Friday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at King William. The boys district championship game will follow at 8 p.m.
On Feb. 5 Mathews led 22-20 at the half and surged to a 32-23 lead after three quarters against the Lady Chargers.
With eight minutes to play, the Lady Chargers regrouped and played one of their best quarters of the season. Middlesex held Mathews to only 7 points in the final period while the Lady Chargers scored 18 before a packed crowd in Saluda.
“I’m proud of them,” said Middlesex head coach William Griffin.
Griffin said that at the beginning of the fourth period he told his team they were “rushing and not taking time to make their shots.” He also told them to be more aggressive on put-backs, and Micah Reed did just that.
M. Reed tied the game when she rebounded her own missed free throw and scored. M. Reed then stole the ball and got fouled and made both free throws to give Middlesex the lead.
M. Reed scored a team-high 13 points in the game.
Also for Middlesex, Katrina Reed tallied 11 points, including a 3-pointer; Ashae Burnett had 9; Chelsea Lewter 5 with a 3-pointer; and Kimberly Ammons hit a 3-pointer.
West Point 45,
Middlesex kept pace with the Lady Pointers in the second half on Monday but West Point protected a 24-13 half time lead to earn a 45-34 win.
Burnett tallied 17 for Middlesex, M. Reed had 6, Ammons 5 with a 3-pointer, Lewter 4, and Brianna Brooks 2.
Results for both the boys and girls district tournaments will be posted regularly.