The Northumberland Academic team completed their season last Monday with a trip to Lancaster High School. They lost both matches, one to Rappahannock (Warsaw) and one to Essex. The losses eliminated then from further completion this season as only the top four teams advance to the northern Neck District Scholastic Bowl tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Indians basketball team had a split this week playing at home. On Tuesday, the varsity lost to Lancaster, the district’s leading team, 62-44 . On Thursday, they evened their district record to 2-2 with a 47-41 win over Colonial Beach. This put the varsity Indian’s girl team in a tie for third place.
The JV lasses also split their games this week with a win over Lancaster and a loss to Colonial Beach. Tanya Seldon is now in second place in the Northern Neck District scoring race with a 15.3 per game average. The Indian’s Ke’Najah Johnson is in third place with a 14.8 scoring average.
The Lady Indians are off this week for those dreaded exams. They return to action on Thursday with a trip to W & L. This coming Saturday, the 25th, they will entertain Nandua in an all day game schedule with the guys team. The following week they begin the second round of district play with a trip to Rappahannock.
The guy’s varsity team is still looking for the magic formula to put them in the win column. This last week it wasn’t there. For the first place, they played both games on the road, and for the second, they faced the top two teams in Northern Neck District, which also are among the region’s top four or five.
In last week’s play it was the problem of coming out strong in the second half. This week the Indian’s played their best basketball in the second half after a lackluster start. Head Coach Michael Stevenson noted “Everything that gives us confidence is a positive thing”. He still points to the fact the only one player on this year’s team has any varsity experience.
At Lancaster on Tuesday, the Indian’s fell behind early in the game. Down 31-15 at the beginning of the second half, they picked up their play and according to Stevenson, “We played them basically even from that point on, but couldn’t overcome their first half lead”. LeVar Churchill led the Indian scoring with ten points. Dionte Kelly scored eight and Jerimiah Toulson had six. Toulson led the rebounders with eight, Austin West has seven, and Jerius Morris five. Kelly and Morris both had three assists, Churchill four steals, Kelly and Markeem Waller three a piece.
Down 24-12 by halftime at Colonial Beach, the Indians were forced to come out of their defense when the Drifters began holding the ball.
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CJ Timberlake, at 120 pounds, in a match against Mathews last Wednesday.