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Bruton pulled no punches during a 73-30 rout at home of Grafton on Thursday night.
The dynamic of the game was flipped on its head when it was announced Grafton’s starting point guard and leading scorer Haley Cunningham would not be playing for an undisclosed reason.
With Cunningham out of the game, Grafton’s starting five seemed disoriented and Bruton took advantage in a big way.
Specifically, Bruton’s Gabby Calloway was the biggest benefactor of Grafton’s struggles. Calloway had a monster triple-double with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals.
Bruton opened the first quarter on a 19-0 run that spanned the first five minutes of the game and included four made 3-pointers.
Grafton’s first points of the game came with 3:13 left in the first quarter when Tayah Smith connected on a layup, ending Bruton’s run and accounting for Grafton’s only points of the quarter.
The Panthers continued surging in the second quarter and outscored Grafton 14-6. By halftime, Bruton held a commanding 40-8 lead and had essentially put the game out of reach.
Calloway continued her stellar play in the third quarter, scoring 11 of her 31 points following halftime.
On the other end of the court, Grafton’s Mikaela Swann started finding her groove and scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the quarter.
Despite Swann’s breakout performance, Bruton’s lead continued growing until reserve players were able to end the game in the fourth quarter for both teams.
Bruton (9-3) will host New Kent on Tuesday, while Grafton (5-7) will host Tabb that same day.
Grafton: 2 6 14 8 — 30
Bruton: 26 14 22 11 — 73
Grafton: Smith 2, Swann 17, Jones 2, Hare 7, Green 2
Bruton: Calloway 31, Sluss 17, My. Johnson 6, Samuel 7, Freeman 6, Ma. Johnson 2, Matthews 2, Pettigrew 2
3-point goals: Grafton 1 (Hare), Bruton 9 (Calloway 3, Sluss 5, My. Johnson)
Lafayette Comes Up Just Short Against Smithfield
Lafayette’s girls basketball team fell just short of springing a big upset against Smithfield at home on Thursday, falling 49-46.
Things started off rough for Lafayette, which found itself trailing 23-9 midway through the second quarter. The Rams were trailing 26-14 by halftime.
But Lafayette switched things up in the third quarter, starting to press Smithfield’s ball handlers and making life difficult.
Turnovers by Smithfield allowed Lafayette to get back into the game as the Rams held the Packers to four third-quarter points.
Lafayette’s run continued in the fourth quarter, and the Rams found themselves leading by five points with five minutes left to play.
However, Smithfield’s Ariyana Parker came off the bench and scored 10 fourth-quarter points to help the Packers stave off Lafayette’s late surge.
Lafayette (6-6) will try to rebound on the road against Jamestown on Tuesday.
Smithfield: 15 11 4 19 — 49
Lafayette: 6 8 13 19 — 46
Smithfield: Atkinson 15, Parker 19, Hill 1, Jordan 8, Tucker 2, Allmond 4
Lafayette: Rivera 3, Gubler 9, Hairston 1, Lia 17, Holiday 14, McKnight 2
3-point goals: Smithfield 5 (Parker 4, Allmond), Lafayette 5 (Rivera, Gubler, Lia, Holiday 2)
Balanced Scoring Leads Warhill Against York
Warhill had four players score in double figures during Thursday’s 58-30 victory on the road against York.
Haley Schulz and Jewel Walters each scored 11 points for Warhill, while Kieran McClure and Tyra Fannin each chipped in 10 points.
The Lions dominated the game from the first quarter, outscoring York 15-3 in the opening eight minutes of play. By halftime, Warhill’s lead grew to 28-8.
Warhill continued its strong play in the second half as the Lions continued growing their lead. A seven-point advantage in the third quarter gave way to a comfortable fourth quarter that featured reserve players for Warhill.
With the win, Warhill (5-6) snaps a five-game losing skid. The Lions will host Smithfield on Tuesday, while York (2-9) will host Poquoson on Tuesday.
Warhill: 15 13 16 14 — 58
York: 3 5 9 13 — 30
Warhill: McClure 10, Schulz 11, Walters 11, Fannin 10, Cooke 4, Rochard 4, Brungot 4, Ford 2, McCulloch 2
York: Shoats 12, Van Dyke 10, Isaksen 2, Eckstein 2, Winfree 2, Bennett 2
Jamestown Trumps Poquoson
The Jamestown girls basketball team handed Poquoson a 12-point loss on the road Thursday, topping the Islanders 60-48.
Jamiyah Johnson posted another double-double on the season with 19 points and 20 rebounds.
Jamestown’s Caroline Boyd paced the Eagles in the first half, scoring 10 of her 13 points over that stretch. Led by Boyd and Johnson, Jamestown took a 28-21 lead into the half.
The Eagles were not as dominant in the second half, but still continued to slowly expand its lead against the Islanders.
Jamestown outscored Poquoson 13-12 in the third quarter and 19-15 in the fourth quarter during the comfortable victory.
With the win, Jamestown (9-4) will now focus on a home game against Lafayette on Tuesday.
Jamestown: 17 11 13 19 — 60
Poquoson: 12 9 12 15 — 48
Jamestown: Peterson 5, Boyd 13, Williams 6, Graves 9, Simmons 8, Johnson 19
Poquoson: R. Erb 1, N. Erb 10, Fan 26, Hankey 2, Jennings 8
3-point goals: Jamestown 2 (Peterson, Boyd), Poquoson 5 (N. erb, Fan 3, Jennings)
Tabb Drubs New Kent
Tabb’s girls basketball team scored a season-high 115 points during an 83-point drubbing of New Kent on the road Thursday.
Leading the Tigers was Brianna Harper, who posted a game-high 39 points. Behind her, Imani McDowell-Jarmon scored 24 points and Tamia Smith added 23 points.
After a 12-point Tabb lead in the first quarter, the Tigers outscored the Trojans 31-4 in the second quarter to take a 57-18 halftime lead.
The scoring did not slow down in the second half, as Tabb posted another 58 points compared to New Kent’s 14.
Tabb (13-1) will hit the road Tuesday to play a slumping Grafton team.
Tabb: 26 31 30 28 — 115
New Kent: 14 4 6 8 — 32
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 24, Royal 7, Smith 23, Rodgers 5, Williams 11, Dadez 6, Harper 39
New Kent: Goodlet 12, Yates 2, Davis 5, Glover 13
3-point goals: Tabb 2 (Harper, Smith)