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Walsingham Academy took home first place during the Walsingham Thanksgiving Invitational after defeating Hampton Christian in the championship match 69-37 on Saturday.
The tournament’s most valuable player, Richard Washington, had a big performance for the Trojans on Saturday, dropping a game-high 27 points.
Hampton Christian kept Walsingham close through the first half. Hampton Christian nailed a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter and held Walsingham — minus Washington and his 10 points — in check in the second quarter.
At halftime, the Trojans held a narrow 31-25 advantage.
Walsingham shut down the Hampton Christian offense in the second half, allowing just 12 points while Washington and Jaylin Stewart did most of the heavy lifting in the second half.
Washington led Walsingham with nine points in the third quarter, while Stewart, who finished with 19 points, led the Trojans with nine points in the fourth quarter to close out the victory.
Walsingham (2-0) will now get into the meat of its regular season, as the Trojans prepare for a Dec. 2 road game against Christchurch.
Hampton Christian: 15 10 6 6 — 37
Walsingham Academy: 19 12 17 21 — 69
Hampton Christian: Marrow 3, Buckner 13, Knight 7, Norton 2, Mann 9, Gulberson 3
Walsingham Academy: Washington 27, Vicetic 10, West 6, Stewart 19, Ptachek 4, Demodna 2
3-point goals: Hampton 5 (Marrow, Buckner 3, Gulberson), Walsingham 6 (Washington 3, Stewart 3)