“Don’t let this moment pass you by.” That’s the theme that L.C. Bird Head Coach Chuck Thomas has employed throughout his Skyhawk’s playoff run this season. Monday evening’s Central Region Tournament was no exception, as L.C. Bird captured its first regional championship since 2005.
Knights star Ka’lia Johnson stood stoically with her head bowed while the national anthem played, knowing that her and the Knights would have to play their best game of the season to avenge last season’s loss to Cosby and cut down the nets as regional champions.
Being on the team that wins your school’s first district title is a big deal- just ask Meadowbrook’s Monarchs. That’s the feat they set out to accomplish last Friday night.
When the Thomas Dale Lady Knights took the floor on Friday night in the Central District final, it would be the fifth meeting between them and the Monarchs of Meadowbrook. It would be a game in which Thomas Dale got the best of the Monarchs by a score of 56-43, securing the Lady Knights third straight regular season district championship and tournament championship.
The evolution of the L.C. Bird girls’ basketball team has been a story to follow all season. That evolution reached a new level as they dispatched Cosby in the Dominion District finals 65-55 to secure the championship, as a balanced Bird offensive attack placed three players in double-figures in scoring. The title was the first for Bird since 2008.
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.