Four local teams competed for district supremacy last Friday night – the Matoaca boys, both the L.C. Bird boys and girls, and the Meadowbrook girls. Of the four teams competing to bring home a championship, three of them were victorious – the Bird boys, Matoaca boys and the Meadowbrook girls.
The Matoaca boys, after rebounding from a five win season last year, marched through the Central District tournament and faced a cinderella in the seventh seeded Dinwiddie Generals.
Dinwiddie was able to upset second seeded Petersburg in the first round 60-54, and defeated Prince George in the second round, who upset Thomas Dale in the first round.
In the championship game, it would be all Matoaca. The Warriors gained a double digit lead from early in the first quarter, never looking back and winning the game 70-37.
“We’ve taken this one step at a time,” said Payton, the District’s coach of the year. “Our goal was to win a district championship, and now we want a region championship.”
The Warriors gave a balanced effort in the victory. Sophomore Devin Morgan led the team with 13 points. Senior B.J. Allen had 12 points, Trevion Armstrong finished with nine and Khalil Coleman tallied eight points.
“It’s a great day for our school,” said Morgan, just a sophomore. “It’s a great day for our team as well, that’s what we are; a team.”
Matoaca is 17-7 as of press time and hosted a first round regional match-up on Monday as a top seed. Due to press time, the results of these games cannot be published in the print edition.
The Lady Monarchs of Meadowbrook also won their district game in convincing fashion, defeating the second-seeded Prince George Lady Royals by a count of 76-27. The Monarchs are no stranger to defeating their opponents in the Central District this year, posting a 17-0 record against district foes. The championship is the Monarch’s second in a row.
“Two in a row feels great,” said Pegram, who led scorers with 28 points. “We’ve taken pride in our defense and rebounding all season.”
Despite this season’s success, Meadowbrook is still a young team with back-to-back district championships under their belt. Three freshman played significant minutes in the game, one being All-Central District first team member Tyra Whitehead, and also Nia Jenkins, who was filling in for an ill Sycoya Dorsey.
“Injuries in the beginning of the year allowed our younger players to gain valuable experience,” said Meadowbrook head coach Daniel Connor. “I think it showed tonight; our younger players stepped up and did so confidently.”
As of press time, Meadowbrook is 22-3 and played Monday in the regional tournament as a top seed.
The boys of L.C. Bird brought home the Dominion District championship in a convincing fashion as well, defeating James River 58-35.
James River had won the previous three meetings with the Skyhawks, including the 2011-2012 Dominion District final. Earlier this season, the Rapids handily defeated the Skyhawks 78-49.
Bird came out swinging early and didn’t let up. Sophomore Kenny Williams led the way for the Skyhawks with 23 points. Williams has been a standout for Bird all season despite his youth. The Skyhawks also got great play from Marcellus Purvis in the district tournament.
“Kenny is a special kind of player who always plays big in big games,” said Bird head coach Troy Manns. “He’s a team-first-guy and good things come to you as an individual when you put the team first.”
The Skyhawks also earned a top seed in the region tournament and played on Monday.
The final team participating in a championship game on Friday were the girls of L.C. Bird. They fell to Cosby, who is now 24-1 by a count of 66-47. Bird is 17-6 at press time and earned a No. 2 seed in the regional tournament, hosting a game on Monday.
The Matoaca girls earned a four seed in the region tournament as well, playing on Monday.
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