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Brianna Harper scored 23 points against Poquoson. (file photo)
Brianna Harper scored 23 points and drained seven 3-pointers against Poquoson. (File Photo)

For the second consecutive year, Tabb’s girls basketball team has earned the Bay Rivers District regular season title.

The Tigers split this year’s title with Smithfield on Wednesday after rallying in the second half to defeat Poquoson 64-58 at home.

Poquoson jumped on Tabb in the first quarter thanks to strong play from Sondra Fan, who found open space in the middle of Tabb’s defense while driving the lane.

After falling behind by four points in the opening quarter, Tabb cut into Poquoson’s lead by one point in the second half to enter halftime trailing 38-35.

Brianna Harper helped lead Tabb’s furious charge in the third quarter, sinking four 3-pointers in the quarter. Behind Harper, who scored a team-high 23 points, Tabb tied the game at 45 apiece heading into the fourth quarter.

Increased defensive pressure and eight second-half points by Imani McDowell-Jarmon helped Tabb pull away from the Islanders in the fourth quarter, earning a six-point win and claiming the district title.

With the regular season completed, Tabb (19-2) will now look forward to play in the Conference 27 tournament. The Tigers will be the top seed and will get a bye in the first round of play.

Tabb will play its semifinal game at home Thursday against an opponent yet to be determined.

Poquoson: 14 14 17 13 — 58
Tabb: 10 15 20 19 — 64

Poquoson: Moore 5, R. Erb 4, N. Erb 2, K. Forrest 1, Long 2, Fan 27, A. Forrest 8, Jennings 9
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 16, Eastep 2, Clemons 8, Royal 3, Smith 10, Macfarlane 2, Harper 23
3-point goals: Poquoson 6 (Moore, Fan 4, Jennings), Tabb 10 (McDowell-Jarmon, Smith 2, Harper 7)


Lia, Holiday Pace Lafayette Against New Kent

A strong first half from Rachel Lia and a strong second half from Kenya Holiday helped lift Lafayette to a comfortable 84-46 win at home against New Kent on Wednesday.

Lia, who had 25 points, scored 23 of her points in the first half. Conversely, Holiday, who also logged 25 points, scored 19 of her points in the second half.

The Rams jumped out to a quick start in the first quarter, opening up an 11-point lead over the Trojans after one quarter. A lopsided second quarter saw Lafayette’s lead balloon to 51-17 by halftime.

With Holiday leading the charge in the second half, Lafayette continued to pull away from New Kent for the easy win.

Lafayette (11-8) will now prepare for play in the Conference 18 tournament. The Rams are the No. 3 seed and will host Denbigh at 6 p.m. Monday. The winner of that game will take on Jamestown in the semifinals.

New Kent: 11 6 15 14 — 46
Lafayette: 22 29 10 21 — 84

New Kent: Slater 12, Goodlet 17, Yates 4, Davis 2, Cooper 2, Graham 3, Glover 2, Gray 4
Lafayette: Lia 25, Holiday 25, Rivera 7, Gubler 1, Gillen 2, K. Blake 4, Mooradian 4, Boesler 3, McKnight 7, R. Blake 6
3-point goals: New Kent 2 (Slater, Graham), Lafayette 3 (Rivera, Holiday 2)


Jamestown Earns Top Seed in Conference 18

Jamestown capped its regular season with a resounding 66-52 road win against York on Wednesday to earn the top spot in the Conference 18 tournament.

Led by Jamiyah Johnson and Corynthian Williams, who scored 26 and 22 points, respectively, Jamestown was able to comfortably defeat York during its regular season finale.

Jamestown jumped to a five-point lead after the first quarter and built a 30-23 halftime lead over the Falcons.

The third quarter proved pivotal for Jamestown as the Eagles outscored York 20-6 to blow the game open. Despite York outscoring Jamestown 23-16 in the final quarter, the Eagles were still in a comfortable position by the time the final buzzer sounded.

Jamestown (13-7) will have a bye in the first round of the Conference 18 tournament and will host the winner of Lafayette and Denbigh.

Meanwhile, York (2-16) is the No. 6 seed in next week’s Conference 27 tournament. The Falcons will hit the road to take on no. 3 seed I.C. Norcom on Tuesday.

Jamestown: 17 13 20 16 — 66
York: 12 11 6 23 — 52

Jamestown: Johnson 26, Williams 22, Graves 12, Harris 2, Knotts 2, Peterson 1, Simmons 1
York: Van Dyke 24, Shoats 13, Winfree 1, North 4, Harris 2, McKoy-Olivis 3, Isaksen 2, Eckstein 3
3-point goals: N/A


Bruton Tops Warhill to End Regular Season

Bruton’s girls basketball team capped its regular season with a 64-52 road win against Warhill on Wednesday.

The first half was evenly played between both teams as Bruton took a 10-9 lead after the first quarter. Warhill responded with a 14-11 second quarter to take a 23-21 halftime lead.

Second half momentum belonged to Bruton as the Panthers retook the lead in the third quarter by outpacing Warhill 20-11. A strong fourth quarter by Bruton allowed the Panthers to coast to the victory.

Bruton (14-5) has earned the No. 1 seed in Conference 33 and will host an opponent still to be determined on Saturday.

Warhill (10-9) will likely be the top seed for Conference 25 and will have a bye during the first round of the conference tournament.

Bruton: 10 11 20 23 — 64
Warhill: 9 14 11 18 — 52

Bruton: Samuel 11, My. Johnson 11, Calloway 11, Ferguson 1, Sluss 18, Ma. Johnson 9, Lucas 3
Warhill: Walters 2, Rochard 8, J. Cooke 3, Schulz 16, McClure 23
3-point goals: Bruton 8 (My. Johnson 3, Calloway 2, Sluss 3), Warhill 3 (McClure 3)


Grafton Falls to Smithfield

Grafton’s regular season ended with a 65-44 road loss against Smithfield on Wednesday.

After remaining close through the first quarter, Grafton watched as Smithfield built a six-point halftime lead.

Things got rough for Grafton in the third quarter as the Packers outscored the Clippers 22-9 to blow the game wide open. The Clippers could not close the gap in the fourth quarter during the blowout loss.

Grafton (8-11) will now prepare to host Heritage in the first round of the Conference 18 tournament on Monday.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Grafton: 9 14 9 12 — 44
Smithfield: 10 19 22 14 — 65

Girls Basketball Roundup: Tabb Earns Bay Rivers District Title Split With Smithfield