In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Saturday, December 14, 2013

THE WRAP: Big Wins for PH, Hanover Girls, All Boys Teams Fall...

In basketball, the county went 2-6 on this Friday, with two girls teams leading the way to victory.

Patrick Henry survived a threat at home from John Marshall to win and improve to 5-0, 51-46 over the Justices. It was 30-30 after three quarters when the Patriots outscored the Justices to seize the victory, scoring 21 in the final eight minutes. Amber Lee had 20 points for Patrick Henry, Summer Price had 19, and Rachel Adams hit two treys for 6 points.

Hanover got its first victory of the season with a 58-44 win over Armstrong. Sarah Belcher had 11 points, Taylor Peay added nine as the Hawks improved to 1-4.

Meanwhile Atlee was blown out at Highland Springs 96-38. The Springers are a Top 5 team, current favorites in Conference 11. Ashley Weaver had 13 points to lead the Raiders, now 0-3. The Springers, in an unusual quirk of scheduling, played their season opener tonight and are 1-0, traveling to Glen Allen for a 2:30pm matinee Saturday.

Lee-Davis fell behind early, a cold start dooming them to trail 20-0 in first quarter. The Jaguars held a double digit lead all night, winning in Mechanicsville 66-33 to move to 3-1 and that matchup with Highland Springs. Future Richmond Spider Alicia Hudalla scored 13 for the Jaguars, while Kerstin Winston and Olivia Tuck each led the Confederates (1-4) with 14 apiece. Lee-Davis next plays Highland Springs, too, this time Tuesday night on the road.

In Boys Action: Hanover fell for the first time, 82-68 victims to Armstrong. Jalen Elliott led the Hawks (4-1) with 19 points.

Atlee fell behind quickly and watched Highland Springs sprint up and down the court to the tune of a 100-74 win over the Raiders. Atlee falls to 2-2.

Patrick Henry hung tough into the second half, but lost key inside man Lucas Pienkowski to injury and fell to John Marshall 62-39. Pienkowski had 16 points before leaving the game. The Justices used a 24-9 third quarter to break open a close game. Since winning their opener against Maggie Walker Governors School December 2nd, Patrick Henry has lost four straight.

And in a game heard live on HCS Media Network, Lee-Davis played the part of the pesky puppy that never leaves your ankles alone, staying with one possession of Glen Allen most of the game despite Ladarein Autry's foul trouble. Autry scored two free throws in the first half, committed his fourth foul with 6:14 left in the 3rd quarter. Despite this, Tariq Caldwell and others stepped up on both ends of the floor to keep the Confederates in the contest.

Autry returned exactly a quarter later, 6:14 left in 4Q. He managed one FG early, then hit a trey near the buzzer than only counted in cutting the margin of defeat, as Glen Allen survived 46-44 to go to 4-1.

Lee-Davis had the ball with 14.6 seconds left down 44-41. Rather than hold the ball for a chance to hit a three for the tie and force overtime, they opted to drive quickly to the basket for two to cut the lead to one, then foul the Jaguars, who were struggling from the free throw line.

But Nick Reisenweaver's layup attempt left side was woefully short. Andrew Sergent's putback attempt failed. Grayson Midulla, who led the Jaguars with 19 points, grabbed the board and was fouled. His two free throws put it away.

Lee-Davis is now 1-4 and must travel to Highland Springs on Tuesday.

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