District playoffs loom

With the District Playoffs approaching, it’s time to examine where the Village News’ teams stand as they play their last games of the regular season this week.

Girls Basketball, Central District
The two teams to beat are Thomas Dale and Meadowbrook, who will likely fall in that order in seeding, 1-2. Matoaca has come on as of late and will likely earn the No. 5 seed. Senior point guard Ka’lia Johnson, who has committed to play at Duke, and Thomas Dale are the favorites to win the tournament, but, as of press time, they have split two games with Meadowbrook. First-year coach Danny Connor and the Lady Monarchs are poised to be giant killers, as Dale was a heavy favorite to win the district, region and possibly beyond this season. Dale will finish its season at Matoaca Thursday, while Meadowbrook will celebrate senior night against Petersburg on Thursday evening.

Boys Basketball, Central District
Here, the two teams to beat have been Hopewell, which is currently first in the district, and Petersburg. However, Marvin King-Davis and Meadowbrook have presented both the Crimson Wave and the Blue Devils with interesting challenges this year. Meadowbrook, under coach Ksaan Brown, will have a tune-up in their regular season finale Friday night on the road at Petersburg. Thomas Dale has put together another solid season under coach Eddie Goss, despite losing two players to private schools this offseason. Myles Turner and company have posted a winning district record as of press time, and will likely notch the No. 4 seed in the district tournament. The Matoaca boys, who are seventh in the district, will likely face Petersburg in the first round.

Dominion District playoffs

For L.C. Bird, both teams are looking to be in good positions in the standings as the district playoffs approach. The boys, led by sophomore Robert Johnson, are tied at 13-1 with Monacan in the Dominion District; they were undefeated before dropping a decision to Monacan last week, splitting the season series. The girls, led by Chevette Waller and guard Kelsey Cruz, appear to be looking at a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the district tournament, as it appears Cosby will take the top spot. Against the two teams ahead of them in the standings, the girls did post an impressive win over Cosby early in the season, and dropped two close decisions to Huguenot.

Tri-Rivers District playoffs

Toby Campbell’s Eagles have played well this season behind tough defense, and just stand a half game in the standings behind district-leading Surry. A likely No. 2, or perhaps No. 1, seed, Community will host a playoff game here in Chester. That seeding will match them up against either the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School or Windsor in the first round of their tournament. Community has split two games with Surry this year, one a six-point victory, 72-66, and the other, a 10-point loss, 38-48. Cequan Jones leads the team in scoring this season, averaging nearly 22 points per game.

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