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Lafayette's Lia named C-18 Girls Basketball POY

Lafayette senior Rachel Lia, who averaged 24.5 points per game this season, has been named the Ironclad Conference 18 Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Lanica Tallon, who guided Heritage to the conference tournament title, was selected Coach of the Year for the team listed below.

Conference 18

First Team

Rachel Lia, Lafayette; Haley Cunningham, Grafton; Angel James, Denbigh; Corynthian Williams, Jamestown; Special Bridges, Heritage; Annalicia Goodman, Heritage; Anaya Simmons, Jamestown; Amunique Newell, Heritage

Second Team

Rheality Webb, Heritage; Janiya Guilloux, Denbigh; Ariyana Parker, Smithfield; Journey Deloatch, Heritage; Jamiyah Johnson, Jamestown; Shakeria Tucker, Smithfield; Maya Hasenfang, Grafton; Casey Cole, Lafayette

Honorable Mention

Nijah Green, Grafton; Kelsey Hare, Grafton; Nyah Chisolm, Grafton


In the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament, the higher-seeded home teams went 4-0.

Khory Moore scored 27 points and Tim Jones and Keijon Honore added 13 points each to lead No. 5 seed Virginia Wesleyan past No. 12 Bridgewater 80-71 in Virginia Beach.

The rest of the tournament is at the Salem Civic Center, near Roanoke. The Marlins will face No. 4 Lynchburg in a quarterfinal.

Also in the ODAC tournament, Jake Duncan, who played at Williamsburg Christian Academy, had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists in No. 8 Hampden-Sydney's 75-64 win over No. 9 Shenandoah.

The Tigers advanced to face No. 1 seed Guilford.

No. 6 Roanoke handled No. 11 Randolph 85-68, and No. 7 Washington and Lee edged No. 10 Eastern Mennonite 70-69.

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