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Grafton’s 58-49 win against Jamestown at home Tuesday evening was bittersweet for Grafton Coach Tommy Bayse.
While the Clippers snapped Jamestown’s six-game win streak, it might have cost them starting point guard Kierson Tavares, who went down with a knee injury in the second half and did not return.
Tavares will undergo an MRI this week to determine the severity of the injury.
Prior to the injury, Grafton was rolling along relatively smoothly against a talented Jamestown team.
The Clippers opened the first quarter on an 11-2 run, but saw Jamestown close the game to within three points by the end of the opening quarter.
Jamestown struggled to keep pace with Grafton in the second quarter as the Clippers established a 26-19 halftime lead.
Grafton’s lead grew to 10 points early in the third quarter, but Jamestown responded with a 12-0 run to take a two-point lead. Quick to respond, Grafton countered with a 10-2 run that spanned the end of the third quarter into the opening moments of the fourth quarter to go up by eight points.
Jamestown’s Jamiyah Johnson made a last push to give the Eagles a chance at the victory, scoring 14 of her game-high 26 points in the final stanza. Her efforts fell short, however, as Grafton was able to hang on for the win.
Grafton (5-4) will host Smithfield on Thursday, while Jamestown (7-3) will host York that same day.
Jamestown: 10 9 15 15 — 49
Grafton: 13 13 14 18 — 58
Jamestown: Peterson 7, Boyd 10, Williams 2, Simmons 4, Johnson 26
Grafton: Cunningham 23, Green 4, Tavares 8, Jones 6, Hare 4, Swann 7, Smith 6
3-point goals: Grafton 1 (Cunningham), Jamestown 1 (Peterson)
Bruton Pulls Away Late Against Lafayette
Twelve second-half points by Gabby Calloway helped lead Bruton to a 44-33 road win against Lafayette on Tuesday.
Despite Lafayette missing Rachel Lia, who had minor surgery over winter break, the Rams were able to stay close to Bruton in the first half, trailing 20-18 by halftime.
The Rams continued to hang close with the Panthers in the third quarter despite a pair of third-quarter 3-pointers by Calloway, who scored a team-high 12 points. Heading into the fourth quarter, Lafayette trailed Bruton 34-28.
Calloway continued her hot shooting in the fourth quarter as the Lafayette defense stalled over the final eight minutes of play. With another pair of 3-pointers by Calloway, the Panthers were able to stretch their lead in the fourth quarter and secure an 11-point win.
Bruton (6-2) will host Warhill on Thursday, while Lafayette (4-5) will travel to take on New Kent the same day.
Bruton: 8 12 14 10 — 44
Lafayette: 12 6 10 5 — 33
Bruton: Samuel 8, My. Johnson 4, Calloway 12, Ferguson 2, Sluss 4, Ma. Johnson 8, Lucas 6
Lafayette: Rivera 6, Gubler 5, Gillen 4, Holiday 16, McKnight 2
3-point goals: Bruton 4 (Calloway 4) Lafayette 5 (Rivera 2, Gubler, Holiday 2)
Tabb Outpaces Warhill Easy Victory
Behind 20 points from Brianna Harper, Tabb extended its win streak to four consecutive games with a 67-40 win over Warhill at home Tuesday.
After a hotly contested first quarter in which Tabb held a two-point edge, the Tigers’ offense exploded in the second quarter to build a 32-15 halftime edge.
Another strong third quarter by the Tigers helped balloon their lead to 58-25, allowing reserve players for both teams to enter the game in the fourth quarter.
Tabb (10-1) will visit Poquoson on Thursday, while Warhill (4-4) will hit the road to play Bruton on Thursday.
Warhill: 9 6 10 15 — 40
Tabb: 11 21 26 9 — 67
Warhill: Cooke 4, Walters 2, Fannin 6, Rochard 8, Schulz 8, McClure 10, Brungot 2
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 10, Clemons 8, Royal 2, Smith 13, Williasm 6, Macfarlane 2, Dadez 6, Harper 20
3-point goals: Warhill 2 (McClure 2), Tabb 7 (Clemons 2, Smith 2, Harper 3)
Bishop Sullivan Wallops Walsingham
Walsingham Academy continued its struggles on Tuesday during a disappointing 47-29 loss at home to Bishop Sullivan.
Bishop Sullivan absolutely dominated the first half, outscoring Walsingham Academy 28-10 in the first quarter before holding the Trojans scoreless in the second quarter.
The only Walsingham player to get anything going in the first half was Christine McBeath, who scored six of her team-high 19 points in the first quarter.
By halftime, Bishop Sullivan held a commanding 40-10 lead over Walsingham.
The Crusaders brought in reserve players during the second half, which allowed Walsingham to make the final score more respectable. After outscoring Bishop Sullivan 7-2 in the third quarter, the Trojans won the fourth quarter by a 12-5 margin.
However, the second-half scoring was too little, too late as the Trojans dropped their fourth consecutive game.
Walsingham (2-7) will look to rebound during a Thursday road contest against Christchurch.
Bishop Sullivan: 28 12 2 5 — 47
Walsingham: 10 0 7 12 — 29
Bishop Sullivan: Marshall 4, Moran 6, Lundquist 2, Beauchamp 4, Gaughan 5, Wohner 1, Malley 8, Mooney 4, DiBuono 13
Walsingham: McBeath 19, Riggs 4, Mauk 3, Marcombe 2, Julien 1
3-point goals: Bishop Sullivan 3 (DiBuono 3), Walsingham 1 (Mauk)
HRA Wins Second Consecutive Game
After opening its season with back-to-back losses, Hampton Roads Academy has now won back-to-back games after defeating Steward School 34-32 on the road Tuesday evening.
In a low-scoring contest, HRA’s Leigha Arcand proved the difference maker with a game-high 18 points for the Navigators.
The Navigators led Steward School 10-9 at halftime and saw that narrow lead disappear as the game was tied 19-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
Behind Arcand, the Navigators were able to hang on and secure the victory.
HRA (2-2) will continue its season at home Friday against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.
HRA: 2 8 9 15 — 34
Steward: 3 6 10 13 — 32
HRA: Bresee 3, Kingsbury 4, Teagle 4, Arcand 18, Smith 5
Steward: Laibstain 5, Magnano 6, Mercall 3, Gonzales 8, Schwartz 5, Cummings 6
3-point goals: HRA 2 (Bresee, Arcand), Steward 1 (Schwartz)
Smithfield Cruises Past York
York girls basketball’s slide continued Tuesday night as the Falcons fell 58-28 on the road against Smithfield.
Lack of experience and depth was too much for the Falcons to overcome against a physical, veteran Smithfield club.
The loss marks York’s seventh consecutive, putting the Falcons a 1-7 on the season. York will look to end its losing skid on the road against Jamestown on Thursday.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Smithfield 58, York 28