Northumberland denied by George Mason
If there was a super powered ladies basketball team within Group A it would be the George Mason Mustangs from Falls Church. Nine times to the state finals with four championships and the returning state champs
Northumberland’s Rajaa Shabazz knocked down eight points in the state quarterfinals on Saturday.
showed why they are the top of the pack once more last Saturday with a 68-35 win over the Northumberland Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians travelled to Robinson Secondary School on March 2, right in the Lady Mustangs back yard.
The game started well for Northumberland when they forced three straight Mustang turnovers and converted one to a “trey” by Tylisha Crockett. But that was their only lead as the George Mason coaching staff called time out and regrouped. Behind the inside play of 6’0” Stephanie Chaney, the Mustangs took control of the game and moved out to a 21-10 first quarter lead. With considerable bench strength, ten deep, they continued the offensive show by moving ahead 39-17 by halftime.
During that same time, the Lady Indians were having some loss of offense. Seven points in the second stanza did not keep them up with the Lady Mustangs considerable fire power.
The Mustangs upped their second half lead to 57-28 despite the Indians scoring their most point in a quarter, eleven. By the close of the game, both coaches emptied their benches to get some playing time for their entire teams.
Northumberland was led by Nia Jones and Crockett, both with nine points. Rajaa Shabazz contributed eight, Katie Crowther five, Justice Gordon two and Bria Barbour and Emya Seldon both scored one. The Mustangs were led by Chaney with 25, Jaya Chavern and Katie Goodwin each had 10 points.