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With a 20-point loss against Jamestown earlier in the season hanging over the heads of Bruton's girls basketball team, the Panthers were laser-focused coming into Tuesday's home game against the Eagles.
From Monday's practice to Tuesday's pregame warmups, Bruton Coach Terrence Green said he noticed how badly his players wanted to get a win against Jamestown.
Bruton's desire shone through on the court Tuesday evening as the Panthers put together four solid quarters to defeat Jamestown 64-50.
"That was probably one of the best offensive and defensive executions we've had all year," Green said after the game.
With a slight height advantage against Jamestown, Bruton's game plan was to attack the paint on offense and make Jamestown work to secure defensive rebounds.
The plan worked well in the first quarter as Bruton jumped out to an early 7-2 lead behind a trio of layups. With four minutes left to play in the opening quarter, Mykael Johnson drained a 3-pointer to put the Panthers up 12-4.
Jamestown standout forward Jamiyah Johnson shook off a slow start and helped Jamestown respond to Bruton's quick start. Johnson, who scored five of her game-high 24 points in the first quarter, helped the Eagles close the first quarter on a 10-4 run to pull within two points.
While Johnson continued her scoring pace for Jamestown, the rest of the roster struggled to connect from the field against an aggressive Bruton defense. Jamestown hit 4-of-19 shots from the field in the second quarter with three of the field goals coming from Johnson.
Despite Jamestown's offensive woes, Bruton did not fare much better in the quarter. An early 3-pointer from Julecia Ferguson gave the Panthers an early spark, but that momentum was not sustained throughout the quarter.
With both teams struggling to find points, Bruton caught a major break as Makayla Johnson was fouled while attempting a half-court buzzer-beater before halftime. Johnson was sent to the line for three free throws with no time left on the clock and sank all three to give the Panthers a 29-22 halftime edge.
The third quarter was dead even between the two sides, as Mykael Johnson carried Bruton with 12 points and Johnson paced Jamestown with nine points in the quarter.
Bruton's lead grew to as many as 12 points in the quarter, but Jamestown managed to fight back toward the end of the quarter to pull back within seven points of the Panthers.
The fourth quarter became an up-tempo sprint between the two teams as Jamestown tried to push the pace and get back into the game. Both teams attacked the paint hard, often drawing contact with no fouls called by the officials, who seemed determined to let the two teams duke it out down the stretch.
Jamestown started the quarter on fire and pulled within four points, but Bruton began pulling away as Jamestown's players tired late in the quarter and struggled to keep pace with the up-tempo flow.
As Bruton's defense forced turnovers and missed shots, the Panthers took advantage in transition and hammered the ball into the paint while also killing the clock. By the time the dust settled, the Panthers had earned a statement 14-point win against one of the best teams in the Bay Rivers District.
Bruton (12-4) will play Poquoson on the road Thursday, while Jamestown (11-6) will try to rebound with a Thursday road game against Smithfield.
Jamestown: 14 8 15 13 — 50
Bruton: 16 13 15 20 — 64
Jamestown: Williams 6, Graves 12, Johnson 24, Boyd 4, Simmons 3, Sim 1
Bruton: Ferguson 7, Samuel 10, Lucas 10, Wynne 2, Sluss 3, My. Johnson 16, Ma. Johnson 9, Calloway 7
3-point goals: Jamestown 1 (Boyd), Bruton 4 (Ferguson, My. Johnson 2, Calloway)
Warhill Takes Down Grafton
Warhill withstood a 21-point scoring performance from Grafton's Haley Cunningham to defeat the Clippers 47-37 at home Tuesday.
Cunningham and Warhill's Keely Rochard battled in the first quarter with Cunningham scoring nine points to Rochard's eight points over the first eight minutes of play.
Kelsey Hare picked up the scoring pace for Grafton in the second quarter, scoring all eight of her points before halftime. On the other end of the court, Olivia Schulz and Kieran McClure led Warhill with five and four points, respectively, in the quarter.
By halftime, the two teams were nearly deadlocked as Warhill led Grafton 23-21.
Grafton's offense stalled in the third quarter as Mikaela Swann accounted for all four of Grafton's points. Meanwhile, Warhill began pulling away by putting up 12 points in the quarter to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Both teams played even ball down the stretch with Warhill sustaining its lead and holding off Grafton for the victory.
Warhill (9-7) will try to extend its four-game win streak on the road Thursday against New Kent. Conversely, Grafton (7-9) is looking to snap a two-game losing skid Thursday against York at home.
Grafton: 11 10 4 12 — 37
Warhill: 12 11 12 12 — 47
Grafton: Cunningham 21, Franklin 2, Hare 8, Swann 6
Warhill: K. Cooke 4, Walters 2, Rochard 12, J. Cooke 8, Schulz 15, McClure 6
3-point goals: Grafton 5 (Cunningham 3, Hare 2)
Tabb Routs York Behind Balanced Offense
Tabb completed its season sweep of York on Tuesday evening as the Tigers routed the Falcons 78-44 on the road.
The Tigers got balanced scoring from its starters, as Tamia Smith scored 16 points, Imani McDowell-Jarmon logged 12 points and Kenna Williams also added 12 points.
Tabb outscored York 15-7 in the first quarter before blowing the game open in the second quarter by outscoring the Falcons 25-13. By halftime, Tabb held a comfortable 40-20 lead.
York saw its already slow offense come to a complete halt in the third quarter as the Falcons were held scoreless by the Tigers. On the other end of the court, Tabb dropped 20 points in the quarter to give the Tigers a 40-point lead.
As Tabb subbed in reserve players in the fourth quarter, the Falcons were able to put together their best quarter of the night. Madison Van Dyke led York with a game-high 28 points, recording most of York's points in the final eight minutes of play.
Tabb (16-2) will continue its season Thursday with a road game against Lafayette, while York (2-13) will look to rebound during a road showdown against Grafton that same day.
Tabb: 15 25 20 18 — 78
York: 7 13 0 24 — 44
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 12, Eastep 8, Clemons 7, Royal 8, Smith 16, Rodgers 4, Williams 12, Macfarlane 2, Dadez 3, Haper 5
York: Van Dyke 28, Isaksen 2, McKoy-Olivis 2, Shoats 2, Eckstein 2, Winfree 2, Bennett 6
3-point goals: Tabb (Clemons, Rodgers, Harper), York 3 (Van Dyke 3)
WCA Cruises Past Atlantic Shores
Williamsburg Christian Academy earned a comfortable 66-54 home win against Atlantic Shores Christian on Tuesday.
The Eagles cruised through the first quarter against Atlantic Shores and held a nine-point lead heading into the second quarter, when WCA extended its lead by six points.
WCA held a 34-17 halftime advantage against Atlantic Shores.
Led by Charnissa Chillers' game-high 27 points, the Eagles continued pulling away in the third quarter before cruising down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
WCA (11-3) has won three consecutive games and will visit Norfolk Christian on Friday.
Atlantic Shores: 8 9 8 29 — 54
WCA: 19 15 13 19 — 66
Atlantic Shores: Clark 15, Gilliam 15, Hill 3, Watkins 2, Powell 6, Coltrane 1, Fitzgerald 12
WCA: T. Jones 4, A. Jones 14, Boger 6, Franklin 13, Chillers 27, Musfelt 2
3-point goals: Atlantic Shores 5 (Clark 3, Gilliam 2), WCA 6 (A. Jones, Boger 2, Franklin, Chillers 2)
Cape Henry Rolls Walsingham
Walsingham Academy struggled slowing down Cape Henry's offense during a 58-25 road loss on Tuesday.
While Cape Henry's roster is not particularly deep – the Dolphins got scoring from five players during Tuesday's game – the players who saw the court were dominant against the Trojans. Four of Cape Henry's five scorers were in double figures by the end of the night.
Walsingham Academy found itself trailing by 12 points after the first quarter and were down 35-16 by halftime behind a slow shooting performance from the whole roster. As a team, the Trojans shot just 8-of-39 from the field.
The second half was not much better for Walsingham, which was outscored 17-2 in the third quarter. With the game well out of reach, both teams eased down the stretch.
Walsingham (5-11) will try to rebound at home against Norfolk College on Friday.
Walsingham: 6 10 2 7 — 25
Cape Henry: 18 17 17 6 — 58
Walsingham: McBeath 7, Williams 6, Mauk 6, Marcombe 4, Mann 2
Cape Henry: Seaman 14, Schultz 10, Beale 14, Patrick 16, Atherton 4
3-point goals: Walsingham 2 (Mauk 2), Cape Henry 5 (Seaman, Schultz 2, Beale 2)
Norfolk Christian Pulls Away Late Against HRA
After putting up a tough fight through the first three quarters, Hampton Roads Academy watched Norfolk Christian pull away during a 45-37 road loss on Tuesday.
Hampton Roads Academy outscored Norfolk Christian in the first quarter 10-8 before playing even in the second quarter and taking a 21-19 halftime lead.
A slow offensive third quarter for both teams saw Norfolk Christian outpace the Navigators by three points to take a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
And despite Leigha Arcand putting up a game-high 20 points, HRA watched as Norfolk Christian pulled away in the fourth quarter for an eight-point win.
HRA (3-6) will host St. Margaret's on Thursday looking to snap a three-game losing skid.
Hampton Roads: 10 11 5 11 — 37
Norfolk Christian: 8 11 8 18 — 45
Hampton Roads: Davis 4, Kingsbury 5, Arcand 20, Payne 2, Smith 2, Ross 4
Norfolk Christian: Brown 3, Fox 2, Wasko 10, Kool 5, Ludvik 2, Norman 19, Gibson 2, Tan 2
3-point goals: Hampton Roads 1 (Arcand), Norfolk Christian 1 (Wasko)