Skyhawks’ basketball poised to make a run in the playoffs

As a whole, L.C. Bird basketball may be at it’s strongest overall point in some time. The boys, under first year Coach Troy Manns defeated Clover Hill last Friday night 68-52.

With the win, the Skyhawks won the regular season Dominion District title and finished a perfect regular season in the district at 16-0. Overall the boys are 20-2 with losses to only John Marshall and Meadowbrook. They are expected by many to have the potential to duplicate or improve on last year’s run that saw them finish as state runner-up. The Skyhawks boast a balanced attack with junior guard Robert Johnson leading the way averaging 18.8 points per game, senior forward Christian Smith about 16 points and nine rebounds per contest and junior guard Javonte Riddick averaging 12.6 points per game. Senior Harvey Freeman is having another strong season at the point dishing out six assists per game.

On the girl’s side, head coach Chevette Waller leads a balanced squad and seemingly on any given night a different player can rise to the occasion and hurt the other team. A great mixture of both youth and leadership, the Lady Skyhawks also finished their regular season at 20-2, and 14-2 in the Dominion District. Led by senior point guard Porschia Walton, Bird looks to a cast of younger players for key contributions such as freshman Taja Cole who is averaging nearly 10 points per game. Also, 6’0 center Quenswayla Story, who averages nearly eight points and six rebounds per contest and guard Monica Alexander, who has been an ample ‘sixth man’ and can score the ball as well. Defense has also been a calling card for the Lady Skyhawks as they average 14 steals per game. After a season series split with Monacan, Bird sits as the two seed in the Dominion District tournament, but due to press time, first round results cannot be published.

Both teams are expected to contend for their district,region and maybe beyond, and both are starting to provide both the community and the student body with a very entertaining reason to cheer after football season is over. The Dominion District finals will be held at Clover Hill high school with the girls starting at 5:45 p.m. this Friday night. Boys game will follow.

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