The first week back at school after the Christmas break was a mixed bag for the Northumberland High teams. An up and down week that was mostly down. The academic squad continues to look for that opening win of the season, the guys basketball team is still struggling with the right formula on the floor. The ladies picked up that very important first district win on the road. The wrestling team had a stellar performance from one individual plus two team wins over four events.
The Indian’s academic team went on the road the first Monday back at school, traveling to W&L High in Montross. They lost both matches to Lancaster and W&L. With one more match in the regular season before the Northern Neck District tournament on Saturday, January 18. The largely sophomore dominated squad is still in the learning process as their season draws to a close.
The Lady Indian’s basketball teams opened Northern Neck play with a pair of road trips. On Tuesday, they lost at Rappahannock 57-25, on Thursday they picked up their first district win at Essex, 51-35. In the Essex game, Indian’s leading scorer Tanaya Seldon scored seven points but had ten assists.
Seldon is the Northern Neck District’s leading scorer with a 17.7 points per game average in seven games. Ke’Najah Johnson is in third place on that list with a 13.3 points per average over six games. The JV girls lost both their games.
The ladies will be back in action with a road trip Monday and home games against Lancaster, Tuesday and Colonial Beach on Thursday. The following week they are off until Thursday with a trip to W&L.
The guy’s varsity is still trying to find the right formula to get back into the win column. On Monday they hosted 6A Freedom High from Woodbridge, losing 68-52. The Indians held their own in the first half of play, trailing by only one point, 27-26. But the third period proved their undoing, they managed only nine points to Freedom’s 16. “We have problems coming out after half time,” explained Coach Michael Stevenson, “We had good energy in the second period but couldn’t keep it up. We’re not getting consistent scoring, it’s going to take experience.” Markeem Waller had the scoring night of his career with a team leading 23 points. Dionta Kelly scored ten and Jerius Morris scored nine. Jerimiah Toulson grabbed eight rebounds, Denzell Palmer five. LeVar Churchill had three each assists and steals, Kelly and Waller had four steals each.
District play opened here Tuesday with Rappahannock as guest. After leading by four at half time, the “third quarter bug” bit the Indians. They scored only six points while the Raiders tacked on 15 to take the lead and the game. “Leading at half time, we came out flat. The third period is most important to set the tone for the second half,” stated Stevenson. Waller had the hot hand with 21 points coming on seven treys. Churchill added seven and Morris six. Toulson and Morris had eight rebounds each. Churchill, Kelly, and Morris each had three steals.
On Friday, the Essex Trojans came to town. They took a 10-0 first quarter lead and at the end of one quarter it was 12-2. Continually trying to penetrate the tight Essex Zone saw the Indians make numerous turnovers, poor shots, miss lay ups and fail to control the offensive boards. The game was over by quarters end with Essex taking a 54-35 victory. Stevenson said “We have to come in with the attitude we can complete, we are coaching to that effect.” With road trips to Lancaster and Colonial Beach, the district’s top two teams, that attitude will play a big factor. Morris led the Indians with eight, Kelly, Palmer, and Waller all scored four. Morris and Toulson each had eight rebounds. Kelly had seven steals.
The JV guys topped Freedom 61-46 with Chase Fisher (13), Cameron Seldon (12) and Antoine Mills (11) all in double figures. On Tuesday they lost to Rappahannock, 38-35, Kyle Dobyns scored eight. The Friday they fought from behind only to lose to Essex, 30-27 on a last second trey. Dobyns again scored eight.
The Indian guys are on the road next week, Tuesday at Lancaster and Thursday at Colonial Beach. They are also off the following week until Friday when W&L visit. The games with Nandua, scheduled for last Saturday, will have to be rescheduled.
The Indian grapplers, the wrestling team, has had very busy week plus. On the fourth of January they traveled to Mathews for their tourney. The Indians finished tenth of thirteen teams. Individually, Dylan Davis was two and two for fourth place. With one and two records were C.J. Timberlake, Aalazar Shaffer and Brock Martin. Also competing were Will Biddlecomb and K.J. Ball.
On Wednesday, they traveled to Middlesex for a quad meet. Team scores were Middlesex 72, Northumberland 12; Northumberland 30, Essex 6; and Windsor 36, Northumberland 24. Davis was 3-0 in the 220 weight class; Ball, Shaffer, and Biddlecomb went 2-1; at 1-2 were Timberlake and Martin.
On Saturday it was down to Franklin for their duals tourney. Team scores were Franklin 54, Northumberland 18; the Indians 24, Norfolk Christian Academy 0; Lakeland 42, the Indians 12; Middlesex 78, Northumberland 6; and Parry McCleur 54, Northumberland 6. Individually Shaffer went 4-1; Martin and Davis both were 3-2 and Biddlecomb 1-4.
The Indians will compete on Wednesday in a tri meet at Lancaster. This Saturday, they host the Northumberland Invitational with six teams entered at this time.