Thomas Dale Girls, Community Boys come up short in States

Ka’lia Johnson’s high school career came to end last Saturday as the Lady Knights fell by the slim margin of five points, 70-65. The defeat came at the hands of Forest Hill High School (Woodbridge, VA) in the quarterfinals of the VHSL girl’s state tournament. The Lady Knights finished their season with a mark of 20-8. Thomas Dale will also say goodbye to starters Shawnee Sweeney and Bonicia Terry.  It was another accomplished season for the Knights who won their third straight district championship, but fell just short of a regional championship for the second straight season. Ka’lia Johnson, who will be playing basketball at Duke in the fall on a scholarship, graduates arguably as  the most successful girls’ athlete in Thomas Dale history. Johnson won the 2011 Central Regional player of the year, and head coach Kevin Coffey won the Central Region Coach of the Year award.

Toby Campbell’s Eagles also fell in the first round of the single-A state tournament, traveling all the way to Harrisonburg, losing to Luray (Luray, VA) by a score of 64-53. It was another winning season for the Eagles under the tutelage of Campbell, as the Eagles finished with a 14-9 record on the season, and advanced to states yet again.
Community was led in scoring by senior guard Cequan Jones, who averaged right at 20 points per contest, and Kent State commit Richard Smith, a junior, who averaged nearly a double-double per contest.

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