MHS JVs down Mathews
|Members of the Middlesex High junior varsity girls basketball team for 2008-09 include, front row from left, Heather Blankenship, Allison Payne, Latasha Cephas, Beth Guill and Felicia Marsh; middle row, Bridgette Self, Khadijah Reed, Jasmine Fells, Lara Lucas and Anna Reed; back row, assistant coach Bennie Burrell, Jocelyn Brown, Kendra Reed, Chelsi Blake, Nila Robinson and head coach Michael Lewis Sr. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
by Tom Chillemi
The Middlesex High girls junior varsity basketball team is 9-2 overall and 3-1 in Tidewater District play.
Both of the team’s losses were by one point—31-30 to Northumberland in the season opener; and 34-33 to Colonial Beach on Jan. 5, the first day back after the Christmas break.
“We’re pleased with our season,” said head coach Michael Lewis Sr.
Lewis noted the JV Lady Chargers lost five starters from last year’s squad. “We knew coming into the season it would be a rebuilding year. Every team has to find its identity, and we’ve found our identity in our press and our speed.”
On Jan. 15, the JV Lady Chargers used their press to defeat district foe Mathews 43-32. Middlesex built a 25-17 lead by halftime and its intensity picked up in the second half.
Jasmine Fells led Middlesex with 12 points and Anna Reed added 11.
Bridgette Self had 10 points and gave the team “some key defensive plays on the press and found her offensive game,” said Lewis.
Self, along with Nila Robinson, who had 5 points, and Lara Lucas with 3 points, hauled in the majority of the rebounds for the JV Lady Chargers.
Kendra Reed came off the bench and got some key rebounds and scored 2 points. Beth Guill also came off the bench and did a good job on defense and her overall hustle was good,” said Coach Lewis.
“Rebounding, our press and our intensity were major factors in the victory at Mathews,” said Lewis.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the JV Lady Chargers defeated Lancaster 38-28 in a road game. (More details next week.)
The Middlesex girls are at West Point tonight, Jan. 22, in a district game.
On Monday, Jan. 26, they host Colonial Beach; and on Thursday, Jan. 29, they host King William. JV games are at 6 p.m. and are followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.
MHS 46, Essex 3
On Dec. 17, the Lady Charger JVs downed Essex 46-3 behind 11 points by Jasmine Fells. Others to score for MHS were Lara Lucas with 4, Ann Reed 8, Bridgette Self 5, Jocelyn Brown 4, Nila Robinson 2, Chelsi Blake 4, Kendra Reed 2, Latasha Cephas 2 and Beth Guill 4.
MHS 31, RHS 12
On Dec. 18, MHS routed Rappahannock 31-12 as Brown poured in 11 points. Others to score for MHS were Fells with 4, Lucas 2, Self 2, A. Reed 4, Robinson 3, Cephas 3, and Kendra Reed 2.
Col. Beach 34, MHS 33
On Jan. 5, Colonial Beach nipped the JV Lady Chargers 34-33 in a Tidewater District game. A. Reed paced MHS with 11 points, Fells had 9, Blake 5, Lucas 4, Robinson 2, and Brown and Self 1 apiece.
MHS 31, KWHS 12
On Jan. 8, Middlesex cruised past King William 31-12 as Fells tallied 12 points, Self and A. Reed added 8 apiece. Lucas 2, and Brown 1.
MHS 35, RHS 17
On Jan. 9, the JV Lady Chargers got 10 points from Fells and 6 apiece from Blake and Self to defeat Rappahannock 35-17. Lucas added 4 points, A. Reed 5, and Heather Blankenship and Brown 2
MHS 42, K&Q 6
On Jan. 12, ten players scored for Middlesex in a 42-6 win over King and Queen. Lucas, A. Reed, Fells, Robinson and Blankenship had 6 points each, Blake 4, and Khadijah Reed, Allison Payne, Brown, Fells and Self 2 apiece.