The L.C. Bird boys’ basketball team fell in the semi-finals last week to Huguenot, in a closely fought game 55-52 as Huguenot’s Jareese Cooley hit a lay-up with 8.3 seconds to go, and hit one of two foul shots to seal the win. A desperation three point attempt by Bird came close, but was wide left. Sophomore, Robert Johnson and junior, Christian Smith, led the way for the Skyhawks in scoring with 15 points and 12 points respectively. Senior, Ant Harris had his usual night, grabbing 10 rebounds, getting two steals and dishing out three assists. Bird will be in the midst of the Central Region tournament at press time, qualifying for the top seed coming from the Dominion District with their regular season championship. Bird will look to continue its youth movement this week, with one of the youngest top seeded teams in the region under head coach Chuck Thomas.
The Chesterfield Community boys’ basketball team dropped a couple of close decisions this week, most recently in the Tri-Rivers semifinals where they were edged by Sussex Central by a count of 52-53. This was the third meeting between the teams, with Community and Sussex splitting the first two meetings. Community also had a one game playoff with Surry to determine who got the top spot for the tournament, and also lost that in heartbreaking fashion by a count of 55-59. The Eagles will advance by way of finishing second in the regular season to the regions for single A next week. Community will look to the hands of Cequan Jones, the team’s leading scorer at 20.5 points per game, and Kent State commit Richard Smith to lead them to the state tournament for coach Toby Campbell once again.
The Matoaca High School boys and girls basketball teams both dropped decisions in the first round of their respective tournaments. The girls, who entered into tournament, play at a fourth seed with a regional birth on the line should they advance, lost at the hands of Prince George in a close battle, 50-53. The boys obtained a seventh seed, and lost at the hands of Hopewell, 43-64.