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Ahead of Tuesday's Group 4A East quarterfinal game against King's Fork, Jamestown Girls Basketball Coach Mary Glisan said her team has exceeded expectations this season.
That's why Glisan found it tough to be too disappointed after Jamestown's 67-48 loss at home against King's Fork, which ended the Eagles' season a game shy of reaching the state tournament.
"I feel bad the final score was not indicative of the scrappy game and how close it really was," Glisan said. "It was a great year. Nobody thought we would come this far, and I'm very proud of them."
Jamestown lost seven regular season games, which shows the Eagles were far from a perfect team. However, one near-constant advantage Jamestown had against opponents was size with Jamiyah Johnson, Corynthian Williams and Leondra Graves inside.
That size advantage was non-existent Tuesday against King's Fork, which featured multiple players taller than Johnson. The sheer size of of players for both teams resulted in intense battles inside the paint on both ends of the court.
Jamestown seemed poised to take advantage of the battles inside the paint in the first quarter. As both teams battled, King's Fork picked up six quick fouls in the first quarter, which essentially put Jamestown in the bonus for the entire second quarter.
Yet despite the foul disparity in favor of the Eagles, King's Fork managed to end the first quarter tied with Jamestown at 17 apiece.
King's Fork established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the second quarter as the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run through the first four minutes of the quarter.
With 37 seconds left before halftime, King's Fork's Comary Harris splashed a 3-pointer that gave the Bulldogs a 34-24 lead over the Eagles, their first double-digit lead of the game.
At halftime, King's Fork held a 34-26 lead over Jamestown.
Jamestown made a run at King's Fork in the third quarter behind strong play from Johnson, who scored nine of her 18 points in the quarter.
With 4:23 left in the third quarter, Johnson banked in a deep 3-pointer to bring Jamestown within six points of King's Fork. With roughly a minute left to play in the quarter, King's Fork's lead had dwindled to four points.
King's Fork opened the fourth quarter with a savvy possession, which put Jamestown in a large hole.
The Bulldogs passed the ball around the perimeter for more than a minute, which drew Jamestown's players out near halfcourt in an extended 2-3 zone. With the Eagles spread out, King's Fork moved the ball into the paint where Latoya Thomas was waiting for an easy layup that prompted a quick timeout from Glisan.
Trailing by eight points with time running out, Jamestown's offense became careless, which led to turnovers King's Fork converted into points.
"We had 14 turnovers in the first half and 10 in the second half," Glisan said. "You can't win many games if you can't make free throws and turn the ball over too many times. I give it to them, they were a good team."
With Jamestown pressing, King's Fork began pulling away during a fourth quarter in which the Bulldogs outscored Jamestown 20-7.
The loss means Jamestown (15-8) falls one win shy of earning a spot in the Group 4A state tournament.
King's Fork: 17 17 13 20 — 67
Jamestown: 17 9 15 7 — 48
King's Fork: Coval 2, Miller 23, Harris 22, Brown 6, Wethington 2, Young 2, Dunn 4, Thomas 4, Linton 2
Jamestown: Williams 10, Johnson 18, Peterson 7, Graves 8, Simmons 3, Sim 1, Mingo 1
3-point goals: King's Fork 3 (Harris, Brown 2), Jamestown 2 (Johnson, Peterson)
Walsingham Season Ends Against Cape Henry
Walsingham Academy's season came to a close Tuesday when the Trojans fell to Cape Henry 47-30 on the road during the first round of the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools tournament.
The Trojans held serve with Cape Henry in the first quarter, trailing 10-9 heading into the second quarter. However, the Trojans connected on just one field goal in the second quarter as the Dolphins outscored Walsingham 10-2 in the quarter.
Cape Henry's strong second quarter gave the Dolphins a 20-11 halftime advantage over the Trojans.
The third quarter was reminiscent of the second quarter as Walsingham's offense struggled to find points against the Cape Henry defense, which recorded 17 steals off 25 Walsingham turnovers.
Cape Henry outpaced Walsingham 18-4 in the third quarter, which blew the game open for the Dolphins.
Christine McBeath did all she could in the fourth quarter to keep Walsingham afloat, scoring 11 of her game-high 19 points over the final eight minutes.
However, her efforts were in vain as Cape Henry had a large enough lead to comfortably secure the victory.
Walsingham ends its season with a final record of 6-15.
Walsingham: 9 2 4 15 — 30
Cape Henry: 10 10 18 9 — 47
Walsingham: McBeath 19, Williams 5, Marcombe 2, Julien 2, Riggs 2
Cape Henry: Seaman 13, Carpenter 4, Schulz 7, Beale 7, Patrick 10, Atherton 4, Woodward 2
3-point goals: Cape Henry 2 (Schulz, Beale)
NSA Blows Out HRA to End Navigators' Season
Hampton Roads Academy saw its season come to a close Tuesday evening during a 71-28 road loss against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in the first round of the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools tournament.
The Navigators fell behind in the first quarter as Nansemond-Suffolk Academy outscored HRA 24-4 over the first eight minutes of play.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy continued to extend its lead in the second quarter, building a 42-14 halftime lead over the Navigators.
The Navigators fell further behind in the second half until the final buzzer sounded and HRA stepped off the court for the final time this season.
HRA finishes its season with a 3-12 record including nine consecutive losses to end the year.
HRA: 4 10 3 11 — 28
NSA: 24 18 16 13 — 71
HRA: Kingsbury 9, Teagle 5, Arcand 2, Bresee 6, Payne 6
NSA: Goldberg 3, Harrell 4, Vastardis 4, Birdsong 25, Ashton 4, Hogan 6, Knierbein 7, Roberts 2, Hogg 16
3-point goals: HRA 2 (Bresee, Kingsbury), NSA 7 (Vastardis 2, Goldberg, Birdsong 4)