Conference 21B Tournament Champions, Loudoun Valley Vikings
Sports Action Images by Chas Sumser, VivaLoudoun Photographer
Leesburg, VA (Feb 18, 2016) – Absolutely no one in Conference 21B had been able to beat the Loudoun County Raiders in girls basketball this season. In their previous two meetings, the Loudoun Valley Vikings hadn’t even been very close. But conference playoffs are a different matter, and it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season. There’s just too much familiarity, and the maxim especially applies when long-time, cross-town rivals are involved.
Chas Sumser was there to cover the action and posted a photo gallery including 145 images.
Loudoun Valley started the game out with maximum hustle, and it seemed as though Loudoun County was a bit flat. The first quarter score was representative, completely unexpected, and it stood at 9-0, Loudoun Valley. But, by halftime the tide seemed to have turned as the determined Raiders cut the deficit all the way down to as single point, 14-13.
At the end of the third quarter, County’s pressing defense and solid shooting had them in front, 21-18, but the quarter ended on a surprising Valley surge just when it looked like they were fading away. That momentum continued and the Vikings pulled back in front and held on for a stunning win and the Conference tournament championship.
Final score: Loudoun Valley 32 – Loudoun County 27.
You can see more photo galleries by Chas Sumser at VivaLoudoun.