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Northumberland teams advance to region play

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

As it has much of this season, the Rappahannock River Conference ladies basketball tournament got started late due to weather.  Monday’s opening round went off Tuesday with Lancaster cruising over Essex, 42-17 and Rappahannock (Warsaw) topping Rappahannock County, 41-38.  This set up Wednesday’s semi-finals with top seed Colonial Beach eliminating Rappahannock at the Drifters’ home court.  Second seed Northumberland entertained Lancaster here and won 55-41.  That, in turn, set up Saturday’s championship game at Lancaster with Colonial Beach taking a hard fought 50-45 victory.  Both teams advance to Region 1A play this week with Northumberland traveling Tuesday to the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, the 1A Eastern Region top seed for a 6 p.m. contest.

The boys conference 43 basketball tournament got underway at the courts of the highest seeds Tuesday.  Lancaster and Northumberland both drew a first round bye.  Essex sent Colonial Beach home with a 72-50 loss, while Rappahannock County (Washington) upset Rappahannock (Warsaw), 56-54.  On Wednesday, Lancaster destroyed Rappahannock County, 78 –48.  Northumberland, the only school to host both a boys and girls semi-final match, topped Essex 64-56 in the night cap.  On Saturday night at Lancaster, the Red Devils hung on for a 68-61 championship win.  Both advance to region 1A East play this Wednesday, Lancaster hosting Middlesex, Northumberland hosting Sussex Central.  Both games start at 6 p.m.

Read more in the February 24 edition of the Northumberland Echo.

Raja Shabazz, the Northumberland girls team’s leading scorer, evades the opposing team.

Raja Shabazz, the Northumberland girls team’s leading scorer, evades the opposing team.

Northumberland player DaQuan Blue

Northumberland player DaQuan Blue