Friday, August 3 at Northumberland High School people had an opportunity to witness some of the area’s finest basketball talent both ladies and guys. For those playing it was an opportunity to show they hadn’t lost it all despite being away from the floor either at school or work. The competition was tough and the games featured a bit more pushing and shoving and a lot of huffing and puffing.
The evening opened with a ladies game with two 4-person teams, one with a couple of Lancaster High coaches. Stevenson was disappointed in the numbers, noting a lot of cancellations. But those playing showed a lot of drive and “White” team featured, then in this writer’s opinion, the best girls’ player that Northumberland ever produced. It’s always a pleasure to watch Ciarra Turner on the court in action. She may not rank as the top scorer or rebounder of all times but her total skills plus she is the best passer par excellence to ever hit a Northumberland basketball court.
The “White” team led by Turner’s (class of 2010) twelve points topped the “Green” team which was led by Kayona Weldon (2015) with six and Justis Gordon (2014) with four. Jalissa Jones (2008) hit for eleven in what was a three point duel between the two teams.
In the three point shooting contest, one minute time limit, Ciarra Turner and Joseth Tarleton (2019) took home the trophies. Lancaster’s Melvin Gregory won the slam-dunk contest.
The Northumberland alumni took the first contest by a 47-40 score. The game was very evenly matched with both teams subbing frequently to Lancaster, playing many of their starters from the first contest, won the night cap by a 48-38 score. Gregory from Lancaster was the game’s leading scorer with fourteen points. Three Northumberland alums hit for seven points, Ulysses Bates, Zy Harcum and Bryan Seymour.
The players in these games were some of the best in the state of Virginia. Northumberland and Lancaster have combined to win four state titles.