By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
Ashburn (Dec. 27, 2013) – Less than 24 hours after their 1-point victory over Broad Run High School, the John Champe High School Knights fell short of a trip to the Maroon & Gold Classic title game after a big loss to Sherando High School, 50-26. The Spartans picked up Loudoun’s only win of the day after taking down South County, 51-46, thanks to sophomore forward Mariah Leonard’s 23-point, 18-rebound performance. Heritage High School took another stumble falling to Stafford High School, 51-36, even after senior guard Kayla Tibbs fought her way to a double-double.
Stafford 51 vs. Heritage 36
A handful of missed layups and too many Pride turnovers were the difference in the 1 p.m. consolation game as Heritage High School dropped their second game of the tournament to Stafford High School, 51-36. The first quarter score to this game was just 2-2! The Stafford Indians were quick and capitalized on points in the paint all afternoon. Teams were within one rebound of each other on the game as the Indians grabbed 36 boards to the Pride’s 35. Stafford’s sophomore forward Grace Epps led all scorers with 16 points and controlled the Indian’s rebounding game adding 9 boards. On back-to-back days senior guard Kayla Tibbs led the Pride’s attack; on this day with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tomorrow Stafford will take on Broad Run High School in the 3 p.m. 5th place game. Heritage plays in the 1 p.m. 7th place game against South County High School.
Broad Run 51 vs. South County 46
Broad Run High School forward Mariah Leonard scored 14 points in the first half of the contest while the entire South County High School team only put up 15 in the first two periods. Broad Run went into the locker room at halftime up 29-15 before handing South County their second loss of the tournament, 51-46. Leonard added 9 points in the second half to finish with a double-double at 23 points and 18 rebounds. The Spartans’ defense focused on corralling Stallion senior April Henson who ended up scoring a tournament high 25 points. However, Broad Run was able to limit the rest of South County to just 21 points. Tomorrow Broad Run will take on Stafford High School in the 3 p.m. 5th place game. South County plays in the 1 p.m. 7th place game against Heritage High School.
Yorktown 70 vs. Millbrook 51
After going into halftime down 4, the Yorktown High School Patriots came out playing tough, physical, inside-the-paint basketball as they kept piling on the points, outscoring the previously undefeated Millbrook High School Pioneers 42-19 in the second half to win 70-51. Patriot sophomore guard Allison Criswell matched a tournament high with 25 points including shooting 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Millbrook’s Brenna Cook led the Pioneers with 22 including shooting 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Tomorrow Yorktown will take on Sherando High School in the 7 p.m. final. Millbrook plays in the 5 p.m. 3rd place game against John Champe High School.
Sherando 50 vs. John Champe 26
The physicality of Sherando High School’s starting five proved too much for John Champe High School to handle as the Warriors defeated the Knights 50-26. Coach Mike Marsh’s sixth woman, Davina Lane, stepped up big in the second half scoring 10 points, as Champe held the Warrior’s leading scorer Heidi Brown to only 2 points in the second half after she dropped 17 in the first two periods. Knight coach Will Patton saw a major positive out of his girls on a night when it was all Sherando in that his team shot 69-percent from the free throw line compared to just 40-percent the night before. Sophomore guard Ja’che Malone led the Knights with 9 points.Tomorrow Sherando will take on Yorktown High School in the 7 p.m. final. John Champe plays in the 5 p.m. 3rd place game against Millbrook High School.
Look for Owen’s full story coming soon!
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings, scores and more.