With just under a month left in the regular season, Village News area basketball teams are readying themselves and jockeying for playoff position as the season wears on.
Four teams got through the week unscathed in the loss column. The Meadowbrook and Thomas Dale boys both won their only games of the week. The Monarchs dispatched Prince George, while the Knights took care of Dinwiddie. The Carver Academy boys won both of their games, defeating Charles City and West Point. On the girls side, Meadowbrook extended their winning streak to three games, defeating both Thomas Dale and Dinwiddie.
Meadowbrook’s James Patterson had a huge game, scoring 25 points, gathering 13 rebounds, and notching four steals. Thomas Dale’s Miles Phillips scored a season-high 24 points and filled the stat sheet with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Over the Wolverines’ two games, Darius Johnson poured in 44 points and stole the ball ten times. For the Meadowbrook girls, it was, again, heavy doses of Maya Elli, who scored 27 points against Knights and 37 against the Generals.
The L.C. Bird girls and Matoaca boys each went 2-1 on the week. Senior Kameron Brown rewrote the Skyhawks record books. In her 12-point performance in the loss to King’s Fork, she broke the career record for three-pointers made. As of press time, her total is 152. The old record was held by Angela Caraballo (now at St. Augustine) with 148 shots made. The Matoaca boys continue a push towards the playoffs on the heels of two big-time scorers in Zakari McQueen and DaeShaun Jefferson, who had 21 points a piece in the team’s win over the Royals.
The Matoaca girls defeated Lee Davis handily and fell to one of the area’s top teams, Hopewell, to split their games this week. Aaliyah Coleman and Jordan Carpenter continued stellar play for the Warriors.
The L.C. Bird boys and Thomas Dale girls had troubles on the week, winning just one of three games each. Keyontae Lewis, a 6-7 forward put up a promising performance against Western Branch, notching a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Lady Knights continued to get major contributions from the six freshmen on their roster, including Tamyah Webb, Ayanni Madison, and Janiyah Jackson.