Girls Basketball Roundup: Tabb’s Smith Scores 17 in Win Over Jamestown is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Tamia Smith
Tamia Smith dishes the ball to a teammate. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Tabb junior point guard Tamia Smith showed her offensive prowess during a 49-33 road win against Jamestown during the season opener for both teams Tuesday.

Smith, who led Tabb in scoring last season, picked up where she left off by scoring a team-high 17 points during the victory.

"She's very good at scoring, but she can also distribute. She's a good little guard," Tabb Coach Jason Clarke said.

The 5-foot-2 guard sporting the black and orange uniform of Tabb stole the show in the first quarter. Smith drew a foul during a layup, made the shot and proceeded to make the free throw.

Later in the first quarter, Smith sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give Tabb a 13-4 lead after one quarter of play.

In what was a consistent theme throughout the first three quarters, Jamestown's offense, despite its size, struggled to handle an aggressive Tabb defense that Clarke refers to as "chaos" – an ode to former Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Coach Shaka Smart's "havoc" defense.

Facing a full-court press to begin nearly half of their possessions and pressure on the point guard on the other half, the Eagles struggled to hold possession and committed multiple turnovers.

With a sloppy, up-tempo game, players from both teams had to hit the deck repeatedly to fight for loose balls and blocked shots.

By halftime, Tabb held a 22-10 lead and pulled away to open the second half.

The Tigers opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run and soon led the Falcons by more than 20 points. By the end of the fourth quarter, Tabb held a commanding 38-14 lead.

Jamestown finally found some room to work in the fourth quarter as Jamiyah Johnson dominated the glass against a less focused Tabb defense.

With the Tigers not attacking as much, Johnson was able to muscle her way into the paint and grab offensive rebounds and put backs. Johnson, who finished with a game-high 18 points, scored 14 in the fourth quarter.

Johnson's late surge was not enough for Jamestown to erase the deficit, and the Tigers cruised down the finish line for a victory.

Tabb (1-0) will host New Kent on Thursday, while Jamestown (0-1) will host Poquoson that same night.

Tabb: 13 9 16 11 — 49
Jamestown: 4 6 4 19 — 33

Tabb: Smith 17, Harper 8, Williams 6, McDowell-Jarmon 2, Royal 7, Macfarlane 4, Eastep 2, Clemons 3
Jamestown: Johnson 18, Simmons 6, Graves 3, Williams 2, Sim 4
3-point goals: Tabb 3 (Smith 2, Clemons)


Balanced Scoring Leads Warhill Over Lafayette

No one player took over the game for Warhill, but multiple players had solid games to lead the Lions to a 54-42 win at home against Lafayette on Tuesday.

The first quarter was evenly matched between the two teams, but Lafayette held a narrow three-point advantage thanks to dominating offensive performances from Rachel Lia and Kenya Holiday, who finished with 20 and 13 points, respectively.

Warhill took over the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Rams 21-9 over the eight-minute span. Kayla Cooke sparked the run for Warhill by scoring six of her eight points in the quarter.

By halftime, Warhill held a 31- 22 lead over Lafayette.

The second half was evenly played between the two teams, as Lafayette and Warhill each scored eight points in the third quarter and were separated by three points in the fourth quarter.

Warhill's Olivia Schulz helped close the game in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of her team-high 13 points in the final stanza for the Lions.

With the win, Warhill (1-0) opens its season on the right foot, while Lafayette (1-1) falls back to a .500 record after winning its opener Monday.

Warhill will host York on Thursday, while Lafayette will travel to take on Smithfield on Thursday for its third game of the week.

Lafayette: 13 9 8 12 — 42
Warhill: 10 21 8 15 — 54

Lafayette: Harriston 1, Lia 20, Holiday 13, R. Blake 6, Kooradian 2
Warhill: Cooke 8, Walters 8, Fannin 6, Rochard 8, Schulz 13, McClure 11
3-point goals: Lafayette 6 (Lia 4, Holiday 2), Warhill 2 (McClure 2)


Winfree, Van Dyke Pace York to First Win of Season

Juniors Hayley Winfree and Madison Van Dyke combined for 20 points to lead York to a 42-37 win at home Tuesday to open its season.

Winfree led the Falcons with 11 points, while Van Dyke added nine points. Emma North chipped in eight points for York.

York narrowly outpaced New Kent in the first quarter before building an eight-point halftime advantage thanks to a strong defensive second quarter.

The third quarter favored New Kent as York struggled to find consistent offense and allowed the Trojans to cut their lead in half heading into the final quarter.

York's defense buckled down over the final eight minutes of play while the offense did just enough to keep the Trojans at bay until the final buzzer sounded.

With an opening-game win, York (1-0) will now prepare for a road game against Warhill on Thursday.

New Kent: 11 8 12 6 — 37
York: 14 13 4 11 — 42

New Kent: Goodlot 14, Davis 7, Slater 6, Jones 5, Glover 3, Locklear 2
York: Winfree 11, Van Dyke 9, North 8, Shoats, 5, Bennett 3, Harris 2, Horner 2, Isaksen 2


Grafton Dominates Poquoson in Season Opener

Grafton junior shooting guard Haley Cunningham had a monster game for the Clippers during Tuesday's season opener.

Cunningham paced Grafton with a game-high 22 points en route to a 63-39 home victory against Poquoson.

After an evenly-played first quarter, Grafton took control of the game thanks to strong 3-point shooting from sophomore Kelsey Hare, who finished the game with 16 points off four made 3-pointers.

With Grafton leading 37-23 at halftime, the Clippers continued to roll in the second half thanks to more balanced play from other role players like Makayla Jones and Mikaela Swann, who finished with eight and seven points, respectively.

Grafton (1-0) will look to build on its strong start Thursday during a home game against Bruton.

Poquoson: 10 13 9 7 — 39
Grafton: 10 27 20 6 — 63

Poquoson: R. Erb 5, N. Erb 2, K. Forrest 2, A. Forrest 7, Long 2, Fan 17, Jennings 4
Grafton: Cunningham 22, Jones 8, Hare 16, Swann 7, Smith 8, Pigue 2
3-point goals: Poquoson 3 (Fan 2, R. Erb), Grafton 5 (Cunningham, Hare 4)


Bruton Tops Smithfield

Bruton's girls basketball team opened its season with a big win at home against Smithfield on Tuesday.

The Panthers narrowly pulled out a win against the Packers 49-41, giving Bruton a perfect 1-0 start to its season.

Leading the way for Bruton was Kelsey Sluss, who scored a game-high 16 points. Mykael Johnson scored nine points for the Panthers, while Mychaela Lucas added eight points.

Bruton (1-0) jumped out to a quick 12-4 first-quarter lead and played nearly even basketball with Smithfield over the next three quarters.

The Panthers will travel to take on Grafton on Thursday.

Bruton 49, Smithfield 41

Smithfield: 4 8 11 18 — 41
Bruton: 12 9 11 17  — 49

Smithfield: Brooks 2, Atkinson 17, Parker 4, Jordan 9, Tucker 2, Allmond 7
Bruton: Samuel 5, My. Johnson 9, Calloway 2, Ferguson 3, Sluss 16, Harrod 2, Ma. Johnson 4, Lucas 8
3-point goals: Bruton 3 (Sluss 3)