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.