Lady Indians remain dominant
Northumberland’s top scorer last week, Rajaa Shabazz (right), defends an Essex player.
The Northumberland girls’ varsity basketball team picked up right where they left off before the holiday break, winning three games last week and storming into a 10-1 record.
On Monday, Jan. 6, the Lady Indians hosted and defeated West Point for the second time this season 51-46.
Northumberland’s match against Rappahannock last Tuesday evening kicked off the divisional stretch of their season, and despite a slow start, explosive play from two key players helped the Lady Indians take a commanding 57-35 victory.
Northumberland concluded their weekly stretch on Thursday by defeating Essex 41-29 in a matchup that remained close until the final quarter.
Coach Lewis Howard credited their victories to the girls’ hard play, noting that they stay focus when they’re trailing their opponents and that “they don’t give up.”
Northumberland’s top scorer in every game last week was sophomore Rajaa Shabazz, who totaled 59 points over the three contests.
“Shabazz is an all-around basketball player,” said Howard. “She rebounds well, she plays defense well, she scores well, she’s a gamer.”
With Shabazz having scored a large portion of her points during each game’s second half, Howard said he believes that she’s trying to get her teammates involved in the first half.
“She’s not selfish. She’s a leader. In the second half, she just [goes by] ‘I do what I have to’ and she just takes over the game,” said Howard.
The Jan. 6 contest appeared doubtful for Northumberland with the Lady Pointers holding a slim lead. But a foul was called against West Point, provoking a comment from the players who committed the foul.
As a result, the referee signaled a technical foul, which initiated a comment from the West Point coach that brought about another technical. Instead of a two-shot foul, the play became a six-shot foul with the ball coming back to Northumberland. The Lady Indians…