|It was an all-out battle for ball control as Northumberland’s Tylisha Crockett gets a hand on it during the tournament championship. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
The Lady Drifters proved that a couple of times in the Conference #43 tournament last week, especially in the championship when Colonial Beach overcame a third-quarter deficit to beat Northumberland, 45-34.
Both the Drifters and Indians advanced to this week’s Region 1A East tournament. Colonial Beach had a first-round home berth and Northumberland traveled.
Colonial Beach earned a shot at the conference title with a come-back win over Lancaster in a semifinal game. The Indians beat Rappahannock.
In the championship game, Northumberland led the entire first half until the final 1:20 of the second quarter when Colonial Beach took its first lead by a point. The Indians quickly regained control and were up 22-20 at the half. Northumberland stretched the margin early in the third with a 9-3 run and had a 31-23 lead before the Drifters answered with an 8-2 rally to pull within two. A lay-in by Colonial Beach at the buzzer knotted the contest at 33-33 to end the third.
After a scoreless minute-and-a-half in the fourth, the Drifters outscored the Indians 9-0 for a 45-34 lead.
Northumberland had been held scoreless for the entire period when Justice Gordon finally hit from the free throw line with 30 seconds to play in the game. Gordon’s foul shot turned out to be the only point for the Indians in the period. Colonial Beach outscored NHS, 12-1, in the fourth for the win.
Rajaa Shabazz led Northumberland as its only double-digit scorer with 15 points.
Sydni Carey scored 18 to lead all scorers and the Drifters.
In the semifinals, Colonial Beach outscored Lancaster by four in the third and opened the gap in the fourth for a 55-38 win.
The loss knocked Lancaster out of tournament play and ended the Lady Devils’ season.
Lancaster had a one-point lead at the half, 26-25, before Colonial Beach’s Carey sank two free throws to give the Drifters their first lead, 30-29, with six minutes to play in the third. The Beach went on a 13-6 run to end the quarter up 38-33.
Colonial Beach expanded the margin early in the fourth when Deniya Newman drilled a three-pointer as part of an 11-2 run in the first four minutes. Lancaster was held to five points in the fourth under the Drifters’ pressure defense. Sharda Beane and Diamond Taylor had a field goal each and Trenae Henderson sank a free throw for all of Lancaster’s scoring in the fourth.
Henderson led the Lady Devils with 12 points and Beane scored eight.
Newman and Carey led Colonial Beach with 12 points each.
In the other semifinal, Shabazz sank back-to-back three-pointers and scored nine points in the second quarter as Northumberland took a big first-half lead and cruised to a 55-36 win over Rappahannock.
The Indians went on an 8-0 run to open the game, then allowed the Raiders a 5-0 run to pull within four at the first quarter buzzer, 13-9. The Raiders went on another 6-3 run to open the second and all of sudden were back in the game at one point down, 16-15, before Shabazz drilled two treys and the Indians went on a 16-4 run that gave them a 32-19 lead at the half.
In a quarterfinal game, Lancaster used a fourth-quarter surge for a come-from-behind win over the Essex Trojans, 46-43, last Tuesday.
The Lady Devils were avenging a 12-point loss to Essex on February 15 that ended regular season play for both teams.
The Trojans held a one-point lead over Lancaster at the half of last week’s tournament game, then went up by four, 34-30, after a 14-11 run in the third quarter. But the Devils rallied in the waning minutes, getting eight points from Aloni Scott and seven from Beane to outscore Essex, 18-10, in the final quarter. Beane finished with 15 points and Scott with 12 to lead Lancaster.
In another quarterfinal matchup, Northumberland’s Gordon led three double-digit scorers as the Lady Indians routed Washington & Lee, 67-28.
Gordon scored 16 points, including 10 in the first half when Northumberland jumped to a 39-9 lead. The Indians outran the Eagles, 20-3, in the second quarter with Teondra Brooks’s field goal and Alexia Tate’s free throw accounting for all of W&L’s scoring in the period.
Northumberland held the Eagles to single-digit scoring in three quarters. W&L finally broke into double digits with 11 points in the fourth. Tate led the Eagles with 11 points on the night.
Gordon scored 16 points to lead all scorers, while Northumberland’s Tylisha Crockett had 11 and Katie Crowther finished with 10. The Indians had a balanced attack with 10 of the team’s 12 players scoring.