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The latest updates and scores from the state high school basketball tournament
Friday, March 1, 2013
Boys Group AA Division 3: Spotswood 61, Martinsville 44
Spotswood broke open a close game in the second half and rolled to victory over Martinsville in the Group AA Division 3 quarterfinals at James Madison University on Thursday.
The game was tied 24-24 at the break after the Trailblazers (26-1) closed the first half on a 7-0 run. Spotswood pulled away steadily after that and advances to play Bruton 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Siegel Center. Bruton edged Handley 59-57 Saturday to reach the semifinals.
The Bulldogs (16-12) were led by Paris Jamison’s 23 points. Tucker McCoy paced Spotswood with 22. Martinsville was denied a record 24th trip to the semifinals.
Boys Group AA Division 4: E.C.Glass 61, Carroll County 46
Akeem Jones lit up the Cavalier defense for 22 points, and the Cavaliers were a woeful 2 for 23 from behind the arc as the Hilltoppers advance to meet Grafton in the state final four.
Shawn Brown had 13 points and Jermaine Mayo added 10 for E.C. Glass.
Gunnar Beamer led Carroll County with 10 points in defeat.
Girls Group AA Division 3: Spotswood 83, Patrick County 42
Spotswood's girls forced 32 turnovers, 18 in the first half, and routed Patrick County in a Group AA Division 3 quarterfinal at James Madison University Saturday.
The Trailblazers (26-1) extended an 11-game winning streak and will play Monticello 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Siegel Center in the semifinals. Monticello, in its first state tournament, beat Poquoson 47-46 to reach the semis.
Patrick County finished 17-10. The Cougars were denied a fourth trip to the semis and first since 2010.
Boys Group A Division 1: Parry McCluer 53, Castlewood 34
WISE -- The Fighting Blues jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead and cruised in the second half, earning a spot in the VHSL Division 1 semifinals.
Parry McCluer (21-6) will face West Point at 5 p.m. Thursday at VCU in Richmond.
Girls Group AA Division 4: Bassett 57, Heritage 45
Kaliya Barbour scored 13 points and the Bengals used tenacious defense and great passing on the offensive end to disrupt the Pioneers and make their way to the state final four in Richmond.
Ten different Bengals made their way onto the scoresheet.
Cameron Carter led Heritage with 15 points on a frustrating shooting night for the Pioneers.
Boys Group AA Division 4: Salem 53, Heritage 45
Alex Light was an unstoppable force down low for the Spartans as he scored 16 points, 12 in the first half, to lead Salem to the state Final Four in Richmond by downing the Pioneers.
John Repass and Troy Mann also chipped in 12 points apiece for Salem (17-10).
Justin Joyner scored 16 points to lead Heritage, while Dante Jefferson added 10.
Girls Group AA Division 4: Salem 46, Lord Botetourt 34
Tay Taylor did not have one of her best outside shooting nights, but in the second half she found her shooting touch, ending up with 16 points to lead the Spartans to the Division 4 state semifinals with a victory over the Cavaliers.
Tessa Foley scored all 12 of her points in the first half, which staked Salem to the early lead. Maddie Price also canned three treys on her way to 13 points for Salem.
Meaghan Catron led Lord Botetourt with 10 points.
VIS Division III championship: Amelia Academy 54, North Cross 49
PETERSBURG — The North Cross boys basketball team finished one step closer to a state championship this season but still one step short.
Amelia Academy put together a fourth-quarter rally to beat North Cross 54-49 in the VIS Division III championship on Saturday at Virginia State University.
Josh Bailey scored 19 points and Reid Jacoby added 16 for the second-seeded Patriots (35-7), who scored 15 of the game’s final 20 points to win their first state title.
Peter Agba led fourth-seeded North Cross with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Keith Oddo and Bennett Holley both had 10 points and Matt Doughty added nine.
The Raiders, who made the semifinals last year and upset top-seeded Carlisle on Saturday to make this year’s championship game, finished the season 21-7.
Group A Division I quarterfinal: J.I. Burton 46, Bland County 44
Alex Keys drained a foul-line jumper at the buzzer to lift the Raiders over the Bears in the Division 1 Boys State quarterfinal at the Salem Civic Center.
Behind Asher Dillow’s three-point shooting, Bland County raced out to a nine-point halftime lead. The Raiders, however, turned up the pressure on offensive glass and on defense to close the gap in the second half and set up the game-winning shot.
Dillow led Bland with 20 points, while McKenzie Blair led Burton with 12.
Burton will face the winner of the Altavista-Surry County matchup at the Siegel Center in Richmond on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Boys Group A Division 2: Radford 59, Virginia High 42
Radford is in the Group A Division 2 Semifinal game in Richmond behind Isaiah Phillips scored 17 points to lead Radford over Virginia High in the quarterfinals Friday at Salem Civic Center.
Nate Jones scored 11 points for the Bobcats and Marcus Finley scored 8.
The shift in the game occured in the first half; Bobcat coach Rick Cormany was called for a Technical foul after a jump ball called went against his team, and his team responded with energy.
Toure Fudge scored 14 poinst and Nicholas Howard had 13 for Virginia High. The Bearcats committed 16 turnovers in the game.
Girls Group A Division 2: Floyd County 74, Gate City 44
Amanda Hollandsworth scored 13 points to lead a balanced Floyd County offense as the Buffaloes advanced to the Group A Division 2 girls basketball semifinals Friday night with a 74-44 win over Gate City at Salem Civic Center.
Floyd County (26-2) also got 12 points from Christene Phillips and 11 from sophomore Carley Lytton. The Buffaloes hit 28 of 63 shots from the field, including seven 3-pointers.
Morgan Gose led Gate City (16-12) with 21 points.
Floyd County will play either defending state champion George Mason or Northumberland in the semifinals March 8 in Richmond.
Girls Group A Division 1: Castlewood 52, Covington 47
Castlewood edged Covington to advance to the Girls Group A Division 1 semifinal game behind a 22-point 20-rebound performance from Sophmore Caitlyn Fleming. Also scoring for the Blue Devils were Korey Purtee and Haley Crabtree who each had 8.
For Covington, Autumn Phillips had 13 points, Sa'Mone Moore had 17 and Bailey Hall scored 13.
PETERSBURG — Matt Doughty made a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining to lift North Cross to a 34-33 victory over top-seeded Carlisle in the VISAA Division III semifinals at Virginia State University on Friday.
The Chiefs (23-2) led most of the way but committed two egregious errors in the final 1:19 that allowed the Raiders (21-6) to stick around.
Carlisle was whistled for a substitution infraction and later a technical foul on coach Jason Niblett after he came on the floor following an offensive foul called against his team.
Doughty made 1 of 2 free throws both times to pull North Cross within 33-32.
After taking possession the second time, the Raiders fed the ball down to Doughty, who was fouled on a layup attempt. He made both to give North Cross its first lead since the second quarter.
Carlisle guard Eric Johnson’s runner at the buzzer from just inside the 3-point line was off target, sending fourth-seeded North Cross into the state title game at noon tomorrow against the winner of No. 2 Amelia Academy and Christ Chapel.
Peter Agba led the Raiders with 12 points. Doughty had 7 points.
Carlisle 7-footer Thom Maker finished with 12 points.
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