Group 4A South:
Blessed with a big size advantage, the defending state champion Norcom High boys (14-9) ousted Tabb 71-46 in a Group 4A South first-round game in Portsmouth, ending the Tigers' season at 17-8.
Travis Fields scored 15 points and K.T. Davis 14 for the Greyhounds, who had five double-figure scorers and will face Glen Allen in a regional semifinal. The winner will reach the state semis.
Rob Sebastien led Tabb with 15 points.
Fields, who had five assists, scored eight consecutive points for Norcom in a 50-second span in the opening minutes. The Greyhounds never trailed, taking the lead for good less than two minutes in. Tabb was never able to cut the margin to within single digits in the final 29 minutes.
Davis’ two-handed baseline jam with three minutes left put the crowd in a frenzy and placed an exclamation mark on the blowout.
Coach Doug Baggett surpassed the 500-victory mark this season and has coached Tabb for three decades. He has said he will retire as a teacher after this year but very well could return as the basketball coach. ...
Host Glen Allen edged Heritage 54-53, making a steal to seal the victory in the final seconds.
The Hurricanes led 32-27 at halftime but were stopped more often by the Jaguars in the second half. ...
King's Fork edged Caroline 64-62 as standout Keith Stagg's free throws with 10.6 seconds left propelled the host Bulldogs.
The triumph enabled King's Fork to earn a semifinal home date against Lake Taylor.
NORCOM 71, TABB 46
TABB (17-8): Sheffey 10, Sebastien 15, Brown 2, Jordan 3, Hicks 12, Hunter 2, Baird 2. Totals 18 8-11 46.
NORCOM (14-9): Ingram 11, Pope 10, Fields 15, Davis 14, Seaborn 3, Duke 6, Harris 2, Farmer 10. Totals 29 8-13 71.
Tabb 10 15 9 12 — 46
Norcom 20 16 22 13 — 71
3-point goals: Tabb 2 (Sebastien 2), Norcom 5 (Fields 2, Davis 2, Seaborn).
Group 6A South:
The Bethel boys lost 57-49 at Landstown, ending the Bruins' season at 15-9.
The Eagles (20-6), guided by former Heritage coach Dwight Robinson, earned their 14th consecutive victory. They advanced to a home semifinal against C.D. Hylton of Woodbridge, which edged Cosby.
Led by guard Tyriq Nady and 6-foot-8 post player Darius Bolstad, Landstown took control in the first half and weathered a Bethel comeback.
Last season, Landstown was the state runner-up but lost to Colonial Forge.
“We just want to get back there,” Nady, who had 13 points, told 757teamz.com.
The Eagles led 16-11 after the first quarter and 23-19 at the half. The Eagles extended their lead to 39-25 thanks to junior guard Daryus Evans, who scored eight of his game-high 16 points in the second half.
“At first we were just trying to feed our big man,” Evans said of Bolstad, who finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. “Then they started doubling down, so (Bolstad) kicked it out to me a couple of times. I know I’m supposed to be the best shooter, so I tried my best to focus and knock it down.”
Bethel (15-9) stepped up its defensive intensity and went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to six.
Landstown tried to pull away at the start of the fourth quarter, but Bethel cut the deficit to 51-46 on a thunderous dunk by 6-11 sophomore center Dajour Dickens.
The Eagles need to win from the free-throw line, and they had made just 5-of-11 in the first three quarters. But Nady, who was 0-for-4 until that point, calmly sank 5 of 6 in the final 1:05.
“When I was struggling, Coach told me it was in my head, that it was mental,” Nady said about Robinson. “Today he yelled at me and said, ‘Stop thinking about it so much and just shoot it.’ So I just went up there and did it.”
Facing a crucial one-and-one situation with 1:11 left and Landstown leading by seven, Nady’s first free throw hit the back of the rim. But instead of bouncing out, the ball bounced straight up in the air and back through the basket.
The Bruins were led by Dickens and Joshua Owusu, who finished with 12 points.
LANDSTOWN 57, BETHEL 49
BETHEL (15-9): Nedd 2, Bacote 8, Pace 3, Dickens 12, Jo. Owusu 12, Je. Owusu 4 Coleman 6, Barrett 2.
LANDSTOWN (19-6): Evans 16, Nady 13, Nicholson 10, Bolstad 12, Watson 4, Wallace 3.
Group 2A East:
Bruton lost a quarterfinal heartbreaker on its home court, falling 46-44 to Strasburg as 5-foot-9 Rams guard Trevin Howard banked in a floating underhand shot to end the game.
With the score knotted at 44 with 9.3 seconds left, Bruton junior Daniel Jones missed a pair of free throws to set up an ad-libbed final sequence for Strasburg.
Rams senior Noah St. Clair – who had previously tied the game with Strasburg’s 10th 3-pointer of the night with less than 20 seconds to play – snagged the rebound off of Jones’ second miss and quickly scanned the floor. St. Clair skipped the ball ahead to Howard, who was open near half-court. Howard did the rest.
“I knew if they missed it that I had to make a big play,” Howard said of Bruton’s free-throw attempts. “So I did.’
Howard’s heroics gave Strasburg (22-6) a satisfying bit of redemption over Bruton, which knocked the Rams out of the regional quarterfinal round last season on its way to state runner-up honors. It set the Rams up for a semifinal with Prince Edward at a neutral site, with a state tournament berth on the line.
Strasburg survived on the strength of a barrage of 3-pointers. The Rams’ ability to connect on the deep ball (Strasburg hit 10 of 25 3-pointers in the win) served as a stark contrast to Bruton’s aggressive, slashing offensive style all game long.
Bruton closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run to build a 35-29 lead, but Strasburg used a 10-3 run to take a 39-38 lead. The two teams struggled for points until Jones hit a wide-open shot from the block to put the Panthers up 44-41 with 45 seconds remaining.
St. Clair tied the game when Ryan Smoot found him open on the wing for a his second 3-pointer with 18 seconds left.
“It feels great to to finally get out there and contribute some points instead of some steals and stuff,” said St. Clair, who is generally a defensive specialist.
Bruton, which was 3-for-12 from the free-throw line, missed three free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Jalen Carr had seven points and nine rebounds for Bruton, while his backcourt partner, Shaquan Edwards, had 11 points -- but just one after halftime.
Group 6A South:
Homestanding First Colonial bounced back in the second quarter and went on to beat Woodside 36-32 in the Group 6A South first round.
The Patriots ended the Wolverines' season and advanced to a semifinal against defending state champion Cosby, which routed Colonial Forge 85-49.
First Colonial senior Ladeja James, who had her sprained right ankle wrapped and sealed in a brace, scored a game-high 18 points.
Woodside (19-5) came out hot, hitting five of its first seven shots and building an 11-4 lead that grew to 13-6 after the first quarter.
But James scored eight of her 10 first-half points, as FC produced a 10-3 second quarter for a 16-16 halftime tie. She finished with five steals and eight rebounds.
“It sure is nice to have her back on the court,” FC coach Larry Bowman said told 757teamz.com. “She’s a dominant player on the floor and she brought us back from adversity. After that first quarter, Woodside didn’t make a lot more.”
The Wolverines shot a dismal 9-of-45 from the floor.
“Can’t make shots, can’t win games,” Woodside coach Mike Tallon said. “A lot of it is youth ... being the first time in this situation.
“And it’s tough when you have to travel and play on their home court when they have what I think is one of the best guards in the state.”
First Colonial built a 28-19 lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Woodside claw back into it and tie the game at 30 on Aidahlia Kelly’s two free throws with 2:12 remaining.
But James drove to the basket, Chea Burrus hit a pair of free throws and James added two more down the stretch to hold off the Wolverines.
“It feels great to be back out there and helping my team,” said James, her ankle already wrapped with a bag of ice. “This feels great.”
FIRST COLONIAL 36, WOODSIDE 32
WOODSIDE (19-5): Kilpatrick 4, Allen 7, Simms 2, Kelly 10, Carter 2, Scott 7.
FIRST COLONIAL (19-6): Ortega 6, James 18, Burrus 6, Andrews-Graham 2, McClendon 4.
Group 4A South:
Lake Taylor (19-5) had no trouble with Smithfield in a first-round game, ousting the Packers 60-24 in Norfolk.
Old Dominion signee Gianna Smith had 17 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals for the host Titans.
Lake Taylor (19-5) travels to the Richmond area to play Monacan at 7 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal.
Smith, an Old Dominion signee, also had 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals
Smithfield, which hit its stride late in the season, finished 14-9. ...
Monacan (21-3) breezed past Heritage in the Richmond area, ending the Hurricanes' season at 15-9.
The Chiefs will have the unenviable task of facing Lake Taylor in a regional semifinal Thursday, with a state berth at stake. ...
In the bracket's other half, Midlothian (20-5) edged King's Fork 63-62 on the Bulldogs' home floor in Suffolk. King's Fork finished 17-6.
LAKE TAYLOR 60, SMITHFIELD 24
SMITHFIELD (14-9): Cypress 1, Jordan 4, Brooks 4, Allmond 5, Atkinson 7, Johnson 2, Hill 1. Totals 6 11-17 24.
LAKE TAYLOR (19-5): Beasley 6, Hundley 3, Farris 12, Spratley 3, Williams 8, Smith 17, Maynor 3, Leary 8. Totals 24 5-10 60.
Smithfield 5 5 6 8 — 24
Lake Taylor 20 8 17 5 — 60
3-point goals: Smithfield 1 (Brooks); Lake Taylor 7 (Farris 2, Beasley, Hundley, Spratley, Smith, Maynor).
Group 2A East:
Wilson Memorial, located near Staunton in Fishersville, defeated visiting Bruton 68-45 to finish the Panthers' campaign.