2010 State Basketball Tournament In Review

The Millbrook Lady Pioneers claimed their first ever State Title on Saturday at the Siegel Center on the campus of VCU. In total there were ten new State Champions crowned after the 5 day tournament...
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Potomac Falls' all everything player, Lukas Mihailovich, was phenomenal in the State Tournament games. Mihailovich was key in his team's run to the State Title they captured with the victory over Broadway on Saturday...
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Lady Pioneer Courtni Green showed why she is the type of dominating athlete on the hardwood in the State Championship game. Green, who was injured early on in the game, played through the injury to put up 31 points and help lead her team to claim the crown...
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RICHMOND -- Virginia's capital is chock-full of states action, so here's a quick recap of each day. All of the following semifinals and finals games have taken place at the Siegel Center and, by video, on GamedayMagazine.com

--------Saturday Finals Recaps ------------

Potomac Falls, 69 Broadway 64 (2 OT) (Boys AA D-4)

Panthers forward Lukas Mihailovich dropped 33 points to bring the Division 4 title home to Loudoun County, with the help of a game-tying shot by Brendon Hesson nearthe end of regulation.

"Their bigs gave us a fit all night long," Broadway Coach Dwight Walton said.

Potomac Falls won their first title in school history.

"I don't want to take anything away from anybody: This is the greatest team in the history of Loudoun County", a verklempt Potomac Falls coach Jeff Hawes said.

Freedom 68, Spotswood 44 (Girls AA D-4)

The Eagles seized one of two titles for Loudoun County on the day, winning the most comfortably in a rout of Spotswood.

"We scouted (Spotswood) for three games, they ran a very tight and organized offensive set, that had multiple screens both back and front on ball side," Freedom Coach Jason Eldredge said.

... We knew what they were doing. We split the cutters. We fronted the covers. We got in their face, and I've got kids with a lot of length."

Freedom defended its title with seeming ease -- including Kelsey Buchanan, who torched Spotswood for 25 points with only three missed shots.

Millbrook 49, Greensville County 38 (Girls AA D-3)

The Pioneers brought a state title home to Winchester with help in large part from a 31-point offensive explosion by Courtni Green.

Millbrook trailed 22-17 at the half, but pieced together a masterful defensive performance late in the game.

"We got a little down early on, things weren't falling, things weren't clicking", Millbrook Coach Debby Sanders said. "...Once we relaxed and we started knocking down some shots, it just started flowing for us. It keyed off our defense in the second half. We came out, we made that run, and we just kept it up."

As in the semifinal, Gabriel Tyler led the Eagles, this time with 16 points and 18 boards.

George Mason 58, Lancaster 47 (Girls A D-2)

The Mustangs strung together its second consecutive state title to keep the hardware in Fall Church, Virginia.

"Our offense starts with our defense, and when these kids get after it like they got after it, and forcing turnovers... We go on all runs and spurts," George Mason Coach LaBryan Thomas said. "Again, it starts with (Chantal Thomas and Nicole Mitchell), they just take over a game"

Chantal Thomas and Nicole Mitchell paced the offense for George Mason with 18 and 13 points, respectively.

-----Friday Semis and Finals Recaps -----

I.C. Norcom, 55, Petersburg 54 (Boys AAA)

A day that featured five out of six games ending in one-shot separation ended quite fittingly.

I.C. Norcom rallied form a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win on a follow-up in the final seconds by Shelton Haskins. The Greyhounds' first state championship comes at the expense of Petersburg's undefeated season.

Dorian Finney-Smith led Norcom with 17 points and Du'Vaughn Maxwell paced Petersburg with 21.

James River 52, Dan River 50 (OT) (Boys A D-2)

In a clash to decide who had the best water-themed name, Dan River failed to clinch its second consecutive finals appearance.

The Wildcats managed to pick up their shooting in the second half against the James River zone, but couldn't release the game-winning three as the clock evaporated in overtime.

Trey Edmunds led Dan River with 15, while James River's Patrick Bennett headed all scorers with 19.

James River will now face Buckingham in the finals Saturday at 5 p.m.

Surry County 61, John I. Burton 58 (Girls A D-1)

ReaChaun Edwards doled out another dominating performance in the states tournament, lifting the Cougars to the stature of the greatest in Virginia Division 1. The junior guard notched 31 of her team's 61 in victory.

Ra'Shelle Miller fronted the J.I. Burton attack for the second straight game, but her 21 points and nine boards were not enough.

Buckingham 42, Lebanon 39 (Boys AA D-2)

Padding his game-high 12, Taylor Boyers calmly sunk a pair from the charity strike in the waning seconds to help Buckingham hold on.

Kevin Bolden and Harry Eldridge also spearheaded the Knights effort with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Kaylynn Cobb added 13 for Lebanon.

Buckingham will now battle James River in the state finals Saturday at 5 p.m.

Lake Taylor 50, Princess Anne 44 (Girls AAA)

An Eastern Region bout showcased the best girls AAA had to offer in Virginia. Lake Taylor would flip the script of the regional playoffs in topping cross-beach rival Princess Anne in the game that matters most.

The Titans can now bring a title back to Norfolk with large thanks to Linda Stepney, the 5-7 junior guard who tallied 17 on the day.

Samisha Powell recovered from a rough outing against Oakton in the semifinals to post 15 and lead the Cavaliers of Virginia Beach.

Madison County 41, Altavista 38 (Boys A D-1)

While the University of Virginia fell to Duke in the ACC tournament today, northern neighbor Madison County High School found success on the hardwood and Division 1 hardware.

With the help of balanced scoring and double-digit production from Logan Terrell, David Falk, and Jerel Carter -- along with a magnificent defensive effort -- the Mountaineers of Madison claimed their first men's basketball state title since 1977.

Mike Poindexter paced Altavista with 13 points.

------Thursday Semifinal Recaps------

Lancaster 62, Lee 53 (Girls A D-2)

Andrea White dominated the glass for Lancaster and nearly grabbed a triple double for the physically dominant Devils. Thanks in large part to White's 29 points, 20-plus boards and nearly 10 blocks, Lancaster now enters the finals seeking its first state championship in school history.

The Devils take on George Mason on Saturday at 3 p.m.

George Mason 54, Chillhowie 42 (Girls A D-2)

George Mason did a find job of defending its throne by tripling its scoring output in the second half. The first two quarters only saw 11 points combined from the Mustangs of Falls Church, but the pedigree of a reigning champion showed in the second half.

Krystal Patton exploded for a game-high 26 points for Chillhowie.

George Mason will battle Lancaster Saturday at 3 p.m.

Altavista 46, Appalachia 34 (Boys A D-1)

The Colonels booked repeat trip to the title game with suffocating defense and stellar play from Jerrell Jordan, who notched 13 points and 14 boards.

Altavista's slow, methodical offense seemed to help, frustrating Appalachia into squandering most of its few chances. The Bulldogs of Southwest Virginia only connected on a fourth of their shots. Forrest Stuart led Appalachia with 13 points.

Altavista clashes with Madison County at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Surry 68, Ervinton 58 (Girls A D-1)

The Cougars won the bout between school's from deep Southeast and deep Southwest Virginia, building a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and holding off a late Surry County rally.

ReaChaun Edwards led all scorers with 24 and terrorized Ervinton from all over the court. Senior Kelly Rasnick paced the Rebels with 21.

Surry is set to tango with J.I. Burton in the finals Friday at 2 p.m.

Madison County 51, Castlewood 38 (Boys A D-1)

The Mountaineers' perfect season made a push to the finals, handling Ruben Rasnick and the Blue Devils. Rasnick tallied 11 on the day, while Logan Terrell totaled 14 for Madison County.

Ranked No. 1 in the state, the Mountaineers proved their hype in the second half in outscoring Castlewood by 11.

Madison County now faces Altavista Friday at 3:45 p.m.

John I. Burton 67, Riverheads 53 (Girls A D-1)

J.I. Burton kept their perfect season alive and did it in relatively comfortable fashion, cruising away from Riverheads in the fourth quarter.

Ra'Shelle Miller and Iris Hill notched 23 and 20 points apiece, helping the Raiders advance to their first state title game in school history. The win came as the first of two victories for Southwest Virginia on the day, as the Altavista men's team would do the region proud later on.

J.I. Burton is set to clash with Surry in the finals Friday at 2 p.m.

------Wednesday Semifinal Recaps------

Petersburg 77, Patrick Henry 57 (Boys AAA)

The Crimson Wave crashed over Patrick Henry of landlocked Roanoke, routing the Patriots and continuing a perfect season. Petersburg continued to show why they're the consensus favorite in the state of Virginia, and received help from several sources.

Du'Vaughn Maxwell (17 points), Frank Mason (17), Tyre Desmore 16) and Quinton Spain (16 points) each chipped in big numbers with unselfish play and efficient shot selection. Desmore grew red hot in a fourth quarter that saw Petersburg put up 25 to close out the contest.

Central Region champion Petersburg now seeks its third state title in school history Friday at 8:45 p.m. against I.C. Norcom.

Lake Taylor 56, West Springfield 44 (Girls AAA)

West Springfield served as the second Northern Region team to fall in the semifinals today, struggling in a fourth quarter where they managed only eight points.

Melanie Todd, Logan Battle, and April Robinson all notched double figures for West Springfield, but the Spartans would still suffer their second defeat of the season, and fall short of adding their third state championship.

Toia Giggetts proved a force in the paint for Lake Taylor, tallying 16 points.

Lake Taylor now faces the school on the other side of the downtown tunnel that separates Portsmouth and Norfolk, Princess Anne. This navy shipyard special is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

I.C. Norcom 61, Chantilly 52 (Boys AAA)

I.C. Norcom ended the dream-season for junior-stacked Chantilly, who'd burst into the semifinals as underdogs. The Chargers had climbed all the way from the opening round of the Concorde District tournament -- no first round bye -- and caught fire in February and early March.

Unfortunately for this Northern Region Cinderella, the Greyhounds from Portsmouth turned the clock to midnight a little early in the evening. I.C. Norcom rallied from a 7-point fourth-quarter deficit to topple Chantilly, who had lost heart-and-soul center John Manning for a portion of the contest due to injury.

The Greyhounds weathered a red-hot third quarter from the Chargers, before countering hard in the fourth.

Dorian Finney-Smith, the powerful 6-7 forward, paced Norcom with 18 points. Kethan Savage led Chantilly with 19, while sharp-shooting Adam Fridy dropped 14 and Manning added 11.

Norcom, one of three schools from the Virginia Beach area to advance on the day, now goes for its first-ever state title against Petersburg on Friday at 8:45 p.m.

Princess Anne 57, Oakton 42 (Girls AAA)

Princess Anne remains on pace for its fourth state title in nine years, while Oakton remains on the wrong end of this matchup. For the second consecutive season, the Cougars have fallen to the Cavaliers from Virginia Beach.

Princess Anne senior Courtney Braxton terrorized the Cougars for 24 points, as star teammate Samisha Powell suffered an off shooting night. Carolina Coyer and Zora Stephenson paced the Cougars with 17 and 15 points each.

Princess Anne will face Lake Taylor at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Broadway 65, Courtland 60 (Boys AA-D4)

After Spotswood girls prevailed, Broadway made it a doubly magnificent afternoon for schools hugging I-81 in Northwest Virginia, fending off a furious Courtland rally in the second half.

Defending champion Courtland trailed by 16 midway, but the early cushion created by Kyle VanOrden (21 points) and the Fighting Gobblers proved insurmountable on this day.

Chris Knight and Mike Richardson also pitched in 17 and 15 points apiece for Broadway, while Avery Green and James Fitzgerald each led with Courtland with 16.

Broadway battles Potomac Falls of the Northern Region to cap states week off on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Spotswood 60, York 47 (Girls AA-D4)

The Spotswood girls started Wednesday on a different foot than the Spotswood boys had ended Tuesday, advancing to the Division 4 state finals.

The Trailblazers charged out to a 7-point lead in the first quarter and kept York at arm's length for much of the contest.

Brianna Mitchell, K.K. Richardson and Bailey Williams combined for 38 points to bear the scoring load for Spotswood, while Shannon Lewis led the Falcons with 18.

Spotswood shall face Freedom at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

------Tuesday Semifinal Recaps------

Potomac Falls 66, Spotswood 57 (Boys AA-D4)

The evening ended just how it had begun, with a boys regional champ taking care of business late and advancing by nine.

The Panthers followed a similar route to those numbers as the one Brunswick took earlier, by outlasting a furious push before pummeling the weary opponent late in the fourth quarter with stingy defensive and sound free throw shooting.

Lukas Mihailovich and Gregory Graves paced Potomac Falls with 25 and 15 points apiece. Marlon Organ bore the load for Spotswood with 26.

Potomac Falls now prepares for the Broadway/Courtland winner, which it will battle Saturday at 9:00 p.m. in the state finals.

Freedom 44, Turner Ashby 27 (Girls AA-D3)

Turner Ashby had no where to go offensively, eventually bound by Freedom's tenacious defense. The defending champion Eagles have rumbled out of the Northern Region and remained defensively stout in states.

Kirby Burkholder was the only Knight to break double digits in scoring in this contest. A critical drought saw Freedom hold Turner Ashby to only two points in the second quarter.

Head coach Lauren Milburn now leads her South Riding-based squad, and 6-3 senior center Kelsey Buchanan, to a chance at a repeat. Buchanan will need to put up similar numbers -- 22 points and the undoubtedly high number of opposing points she prevented with her defensive presence--for the Eagles to achieve a similar outcome in the finals.

Freedom will now face the winner of Wednesday's 10:30 a.m.
York/Spotswood bout, in a championship to take place Saturday at 7 p.m.

Brunswick 67, Northside 58 (Boys AA-D3)

On paper, this semifinal doesn't reflect how close this game really was, or the way these teams traded blows from the opening whistle. However, Brunswick connected on all the haymakers in the final five minutes, stretching their victorious tally to nine.

A pivotal trifecta by Javonte Green gave Brunswick momentum they wouldn't relinquish. The squad from Lawrence then clamped down on defense in the final minutes and diligently nailed their free throws.

The loss spoils an all-Roanoke final, as the school from south-central Virginia advances to face Cave Spring, who had won earlier in the day. Not to worry, a heavy mix of pain and nostalgia fills this rivalry. In last year's state final, Cave Spring edged Brunswick in overtime.

Cave Spring and Brunswick go at it in the finals all over again at 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Greensville County 54, Robert E. Lee 53 (Girls AA-D3)

Two schools on opposite ends of I-95 met in Richmond for an intensely physical playoff contest, with southern squad Greensville County emerging as the unstoppable force.

The Lady Eagles carried a 40-31 lead into the fourth quarter, but a suffocating press brought Lee as close as one with in the final minute. Lee forced repeated turnovers in the final minutes, but timely free throws in the final seconds helped Greensville County hang on.

Lee ladies cut it to 50-49 as the clock slipped under minute, when Daquaa Scott made it to the charity strike, causing the Eagles' Garriel Tyler to foul out. Tyler had scored a game-high 21 on the night.

However, Amanda Sopko would drain a free throw on the other side, before a Shavonta Battle steal and pair of free throws lifted Greensville to a deciding 4-point cushion.

Greensville County now takes on Millbrook at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the finals.

Millbrook 61, Patrick County 35 (Girls AA-D3)

RICHMOND -- Millbrook stormed out to a 26-8 first quarter and never looked back, topping Patrick County by a wide margin. Courtni Green raked in 20 points and 8 rebounds while Sara Mead added 15 and five.

Millbrook displayed efficiency from beyond the arc, hitting five treys and 50 percent of their threes. Patrick County won the battle on the boards by five, but shot abysmally from the field.

Next up, Millbrook clashes with Greensville County Saturday at 11 a.m for the state title.

Cave Spring 71, New Kent 59 (Boys AA-D3)

Mammoth center Josh Henderson claimed the 10-foot radius around the basket in the name of Cave Spring, helping the Knights continue defending their national championship. Henderson notched 31 points 22 rebounds and three blocked against a New Kent team that stands much shorter in the post.

Kaleb Lamb and Justin Williams each contributed 16 for New Kent, which opts for a smaller, faster lineup. This was exploited not only by Henderson, but by Cave Spring forward Clay Lacy, and who notched another 22 points.

The Knights started to pull away during the fourth quarter, striding toward a chance to defend their throne in the championships. Cave Spring battles Brunswick, who lost to Cave Spring in last year's states round, on Saturday at 1 p.m.