Last week was the week that was up and down for both the girls and guys varsity basketball teams. Both played Tuesday, the girls losing on the road to Lancaster, the guys dropping their game here also against Lancaster. Both Thursday night’s and Friday nights games went by the wayside due to inclement weather and power failures across the Northern Neck. On Saturday, the two guys teams, both JV and varsity, lost here to 5A Mountain View High School from Stafford. The girls made up their game against 2A Nandua with varsity winning and the JV losing.
Opening last week’s play, the Lady Indians took the short bus ride to neighboring Lancaster County. The Lady Devils are currently undefeated and lead the Northern Neck District. They showed why as they tacked on a 57-17 thumping of the Indians. Thursday’s contest at W&L was canceled to be made up early this week. Saturday, Nandua came to town to complete the second half of a home and home set began early this season. The Indians lost earlier at Nandua but made up for it with a 52-32 win. The JV girls are still looking for the right formula and lost both games last week.
This week is the last of the Neck’s regular season. The ladies will face Colonial Beach, be at King & Queen and finish up with Senior Night on Thursday with W&L. Currently tied with the Eagles for third place, they should make it to the district playoffs to face either Lancaster or Rappahannock. The Region 1A East playoff teams have not been announced but it is almost a certainty the Lady Indians will have to travel if they make the top eight.
The Indian’s Tanaya Seldon is on top of the individual scoring column with a 15.9 average per game over sixteen games. Ke’Najah Johnson continues in third place with 13.6 average. Seldon is tied for second in the three-point leaders with 33 and Kristen Thompson is currently tied for tenth with six.
Time is now a factor for the Northumberland guys basketball team to participate in the Region 1A East playoffs. On Monday, they lost to district leading Lancaster 65-44. The two played fairly evenly for the first half with the Indians down by nine, 32-24 at half time. But then the bottom dropped out, Head Coach Michael Stevenson noted the depth of Lancaster’s bench, “There is no drop off in athletic ability, the subs can play as well as the starters.” He further stated, “You have to be ready for their pressure. Their coach does a good job in substitution.”
Lancaster placed four in double figure scoring, the Indians three. Markeem Waller led with 15 points, following him were Jerius Morris with 12 and LeVar Churchill with 11. Jerimiah Toulson had seven rebounds, Churchill and Morris five each Morris had four assists, Dionte Kelly five steals and Toulson a blocked shot.
The guys also got canceled on Friday by the weather. On Saturday, 5A Mountain View visited. Northumberland trailed by four at half time, 30-26. They fought back in the third in a run and gun, steal the ball quarter and hung on for regulation time tie. Mountain View got the calls in the overtime period and scored eight of their twelve points from the charity stripe to get a 63-58 win. “I thought we played really well,” said Stevenson. “After Lancaster and two missed practices, we came in and played hard with a lot of energy. We showed the possibilities for the future of how good we can get.”
Churchill and Toulson led the attack with eleven points each. Morris and Waller had ten with Kelly scoring nine. Touloson recorded a double-double with eleven rebounds, Morris and Churchill had six each. Morris added five assists and three steals, Kelly had five steals. Toulson blocked three shots, Churchill and Morris one each.
Barring unforeseen factors, the Indians will not make the Northern Neck District’s playoffs. Stevenson commented “The region changes every day. The first five are set, the last three [are yet to be claimed].”
The JV guys had a rough week, losing to Lancaster 57-49, and to Mountain View, 52-49. The guys finish the regular season this week. Colonial Beach is here early, Tuesday in Senior Night with King and Queen and Friday they are at W&L.
The wrestling team leaves early Friday morning for the two day Region 1A tournament at Riverheads near Staunton. The top six finishers will advance to next week’s Group 1A state championships.