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Warhill earned its second consecutive Conference 25 championship Friday evening when the Lions blew past Park View-South Hill 62-35 at home in the Conference 25 championship game.
The key to victory for Warhill was grabbing defensive rebounds and pushing the pace of play down the court for each buckets in transition.
Warhill's gameplan worked like a charm as the Lions, especially Jewel Walters, ran free against the Park View defense for uncontested layup attempts. Walters finished with a game-high 21 points with 11 coming in the fourth quarter.
"If we can defend and we can get rebounds, we let her fly," Warhill Coach Bingo Brungot said about Walters. "She did that tonight, and it paid off."
While Walters stole the show late, it was Olivia Schulz who put the team on her back in the first quarter. Schulz was able to work her way into the paint, receive passes down low and use post moves to earn points from close range.
Schulz's seven first-quarter points helped Warhill jump out to a 13-9 lead after one quarter of play.
Warhill's lead grew in the second quarter as Kieran McClure and Walters got into the action. McClure scored five of her 11 points in the second quarter, while Walters added four in the quarter.
But despite Warhill's lead growing, which sat at 30-19 by halftime, Brungot said the Lions played sloppy in the first half and did not execute to their fullest potential.
"We were fortunate to be up by 11, and we should have been up by more," he said. "They force you to play down to their level."
There were no such issues in the second half as Warhill's offense clicked on all cylinders and the Lions upped their defensive intensity.
Warhill opened the third quarter on a 12-4 run that blew the game open and gave the Lions a 42-23 lead over Park View. By the end of the third quarter, Warhill's lead sat at a commanding 49-27.
The Lions slowed their pace of play in the fourth quarter and did not try to set up its half-court offense. However, the Lions did not hesitate to chuck the ball down the court to a wide-open Walters, who repeatedly made open layups.
With the game well out of reach for the entire fourth quarter, Warhill was able to calmly close out the game before hoisting the Conference 25 championship trophy.
Warhill (13-9) will face a familiar foe on Monday as the Lions host Tabb in the first round of the Group 3A East tournament.
Park View: 9 10 8 8 — 35
Warhill: 13 17 19 13 — 62
Park View: Maupin 16, Tanner 4, Alexander 3, Lamb 2, Logan 6, Hawkins 2, Jansen 2
Warhill: J. Cooke 6, Schulz 15, K. Cooke 3, Fannin 6, Walters 21, McClure 11
3-point goals: Park View 2 (Logan 2), Warhill 2 (McClure)
Jamestown Wins First Conference 18 Title
Jamestown's girls basketball team earned its first Conference 18 championship Friday evening after the Eagles edged Heritage 35-33 at home.
Jamiyah Johnson, keeping with her trend all season, logged a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Eagles to victory.
However, Johnson's points and rebounds did not come easy against Heritage, which was fully prepared to shut down Johnson with double teams and intense box outs.
To compensate, Jamestown leaned on freshman Corynthian Williams to pick up the slack as Johnson was blanketed by Heritage defenders. Williams navigated through the weak side of Heritage's defense and found easy points down low against an unsuspecting defense.
Jamestown took a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and essentially spent the rest of the game hanging on to its early lead. By halftime, Jamestown's lead shrunk to 16-14 – a reflection of the shooting woes for both teams.
The Eagles extended their lead by one point in the third quarter and managed to hang on for the two-point win down the stretch.
"It feels so surreal," Jamestown Coach Mary Glisan said. "I'm just happy for the kids, especially coming off a season that we had last year where no one expected us preseason to do well except us."
Jamestown (15-7) will host Woodrow Wilson in the first round of the Group 4A East tournament on Tuesday.
Heritage: 2 12 6 13 — 33
Jamestown: 10 6 7 12 — 35
Heritage: Webb 12, Bridges 5, Weeks 2, Newell 6, Jackson 2, Brant 6
Jamestown: Sim 2, Williams 14, Graves 3, Simmons 6, Johnson 10
3-point goals: Heritage 2 (Webb 2)
Tabb Falls to I.C. Norcom in Conference 27 Finals
Tabb's girls basketball team fell one game shy of taking home the Conference 27 championship as the Tigers fell 71-54 at home to I.C. Norcom on Friday.
I.C. Norcom did not dominate Tabb early, instead slowly extending its lead over the first two quarters behind strong play from its guards.
The Greyhounds let Tabb by five points after the first quarter and extended that lead to 10 points by halftime.
I.C. Norcom blew the game open in the third quarter behind transition points, which the Tigers struggled to stop in the second half. The Greyhounds outpaced Tabb 21-11 in the third quarter to take a 20-point lead that essentially put the game out of reach.
Imani McDowell-Jarmon proved one of the few bright spots for the Tigers, scoring 21 points that included her 1,000th career point.
Tabb (20-3) will now prepare to hit the road against Warhill during Monday's Group 3A East tournament.
I.C. Norcom: 16 17 21 17 — 71
Tabb: 11 12 11 20 — 54
I.C. Norcom: Savage 4, Knox 19, Rogers 2, Everett 5, Hardy 14, T. Chambers 7, Chandler 3, K. Chambers 2, Jones 15
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 21, Clemons 8, Royal 7, Smith 14, Williams 4
3-point goals: I.C. Norcom 5 (Knox, Hardy 2, Chandler, Jones), Tabb 6 (Clemons 2, Smith 4)
Bruton Season Ends in Tough OT Loss to Brunswick
Bruton's girls basketball team saw its season come to a close Friday evening as the Panthers fell at home in overtime to Brunswick 63-60 in the first round of the Group 2A East tournament.
Friday's game was a back-and-forth affair between two evenly matched teams that went down to the wire.
The Panthers jumped out to a four-point lead through one quarter, but saw Brunswick close the gap to one point by halftime.
Bruton jumped back on top in the third quarter, outscoring Brunswick 17-12 to take a six-point lead heading into the final quarter. However, Brunswick went on a timely run in the final quarter to tie the game at 51 and send the contest into overtime.
In the extra period, Brunswick managed to edge Bruton in intensity on offense and defense and steal the hard-earned road victory.
Bruton (16-6) Coach Terrence Green said he was disappointed in the loss, but said his players could hang their heads high for their efforts.
"I knew we could be one of the best in the district and it showed. We took a couple losses in the district, but that's just playing basketball," he said. "We had a great season. No one expected us to finish third. I still wanted to be playing now, but at the end of the day life goes on."
Brunswick: 7 14 12 18 12 — 63
Bruton: 11 11 17 12 9 —60
Brunswick: Boyd 11, Jay. Walker 2, Jad. Walker 13, McMillian 17, Henderson 2, Jones 2, Browser 11, Taytor 3, Easter 2
Bruton: Samuel 15, My. Johnson 7, Freeman 2, Calloway 12, Sluss 16, Ma. Johnson 7, Lucas 2
3-point goals: Brunswick 3 (Boyd 2, Jad. Walker), Bruton 4 (My.Johnson, Calloway 2, Sluss)