Ashburn, Va. (February 16, 2017) — We call this Viva Loudoun’s Hottest Hoops Of The Week and we really mean it. Hoops doesn’t get much hotter than it does Feb. 16, when a one-loss team rematches against the team that dealt them that loss…with a championship on the line.
Forget February. This game’s hot.
The Vikings of Loudoun Valley High School own this winter’s best hardcourt record in all of Loudoun. The green-and-gold is 23-1 – but the reason that 1 isn’t a rounder number is because the Pride of Heritage High School put it there, in a 63-60 decision in Leesburg on Jan. 26.
Heritage, at 20-4, holds our County’s second best record among boys’ varsity teams, and is Conference 21-East’s two-seed in back of Valley. The Pride have plenty of seniority, with eight upperclassmen on the 13-man roster including key guards Chris Chapman and Garrett Ganley and scoring forward Zach Garrett, one of Heritage’s most effective rebounders.
As a program, Valley is peaking. They’re going for a third straight berth at states, and they’ve racked up a 49-2 mark since the start of the 2015-’16 season. Armed with strategically placed seniors such as shooting guard Nick Ball and power forward Duron Norris, the Vikings’ primary basketmaker is high-scoring 6-foot-4 guard Jordan Miller – the latest 1,000-point scorer in Valley history.
The Vikings and the Pride evenly divided two meetings this campaign; the rubber match will choose the conference champion and figure into seeding for the subsequent Region 4A West tourney. It’s a conference-championship showdown between two experienced squads with lofty goals, and it’s undoubtedly Viva Loudoun’s Hottest Hoops Of The Week. Tune in on the tweets @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications