As the playoffs loom, area teams took it to their opposition this week. The L.C. Bird, Thomas Dale, and Meadowbrook boys went undefeated this week. They were joined by the Matoaca girls.
The L.C. Bird boys (15-4) reeled off four straight wins after losing back-to-back games. The Skyhawks avenged an early season loss to Huguenot, completed season sweeps of Clover Hill and Midlothian, then defeated private school St. Anne’s-Belfield in the Coaches for a Cure classic. Senior Tyler Henderson notched a season-high 12 assists in that victory.
Kylon Lewis and the Thomas Dale boys (13-3) improved with two wins: the first over Petersburg, and the biggest win of their season over Hopewell, 51-44. Neal Phillips led the way over the Crimson Wave with 19 points, while Lewis led a balanced effort that saw five players score seven or more points to secure the victory over the Blue Devils.
The Meadowbrook boys (12-5) have very quietly put together one of the better seasons in recent memory with plenty of basketball left to play. Guard Lamondre Gregg poured in 25 points in the team’s victories over Matoaca and 21 in their win over Colonial Heights.
Coach Glenna Lewis and the Matoaca girls (14-2) won their also contest of the week over Meadowbrook. Maia Pettaway continued her solid play with a 12 point effort in the win. Jordan Carpenter was a rebound away from a double-double.
The L.C. Bird girls (13-5) defeated Huguenot and Clover Hill, but narrowly fell to Midlothian 48-44 on their senior night. Kielle Shaw continued to be one of the most consistent forces on the roster. In her team’s two wins, she recorded 23 points, 16 assists and nine steals.
The Meadowbrook girls (10-5) split a pair of games, defeating Colonial Heights 72-44 on the strength of another monster game by junior Maya Ellis. She scored a season-high 40 points to sink the Colonials. Trinity Price pitched in a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double.
A freshman heavy Thomas Dale girls (8-7) team split a pair of games as well, defeating Petersburg and falling to Hopewell. Although Hopewell is one of the best teams in the area, Leon Gholson’s squad showed promise, playing the Blue Devils tough in the first team, trailing by just four points before ultimately falling.
Led by Issac Lee with 17 points, the Carver Academy boys (9-11) defeated King & Queen in the second game of the week, the Wolverines having previously fallen to Mathews.
The Matoaca boys (6-12) had a rough week, narrowly falling to Prince George and dropping their second game of the season to Meadowbrook.