Last week, the Northumberland girls varsity basketball team played some of their best basketball—but they also witnessed a letdown on their way to the district’s regular season title.
Tuesday at Lancaster, the Lady Indians suffered a scare before pulling out a 58-46 win. On Thursday, they traveled to Colonial Beach where they lost a low-scoring contest to the Lady Drifters, 43-36. And on Saturday, the Lady Indians overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to nab a 56-43 victory over the Lady Raiders at Rappahannock.
Tuesday’s contest saw a much-improved Lancaster team give the Indians all that they could handle. Northumberland held a 28-22 halftime edge, which then disappeared quickly as the Lady Red Devils came out strong and began making shots. They took a 39-35 lead heading into the final quarter of play. But the Indians would change their defense.
“We put more pressure on them,” said Coach Lewis Howard. “That caused turnovers.” And the Indians took advantage by scoring 23 points while holding Lancaster to a mere seven tallies.
Tylisha Crockett led all scorers with 21 points. Rajaa Shabazz scored 16 and blocked three shots. Justice Gordon, who has been a big factor on the boards for Northumberland, scored 19 while grabbing 15 rebounds. Katie Crowther added six rebounds. Trenae Henderon led the Lady Red Devils with 15 points while Sharda Beane added 10.
Thursday featured the matchup of the district’s top two teams. In the opening stanza, the two teams were evenly matched with the Lady Drifters holding an 11-10 lead. Northumberland turned it up a notch and went into the locker rooms up 18-13 at halftime. But that didn’t hold as the Colonial Beach girls came back to take a 28-25 lead going into the final quarter of play.
Northumberland couldn’t maintain their momentum down the stretch, and having to foul to get the ball didn’t work out as the Drifters made their shots. Northumberland also had trouble with the Lady Drifters’ full court…
—Read the full story in the February 12 issue of the Northumberland echo, on stands now!