Local matchups highlight this week's basketball schedule with Jamestown visiting Lafayette in girls basketball 6 p.m. Tuesday to start things off.
Lafayette then visits Jamestown in boys basketball 7 p.m. Wednesday
On Thursday, Warhill hosts Jamestown in girls basketball and Friday, Warhill visits Jamestown in boys basketball.
Bruton’s boys basketball team bounced back from a loss Friday against Grafton with a 71-46 win at Poquoson Saturday behind Daniel Jones’ 14 points and Donevan Adkins’ 13.
Grafton passed what boys basketball coach Jeremy Jordan called “Challenge No. 1” on Friday, beating Bruton 66-51 in the Panthers’ gym. Bruton (2014) and Grafton (2015) have won the past two Bay Rivers District titles and have three state final and four state semifinal appearances between them over the previous four seasons, a span during which almost all of their games have been close.
It wasn’t close on Friday, as the Clippers (2-0, 2-0 district) held the Panthers to 26 percent shooting over the first three quarters in rolling to a 46-26 lead. Brent Parker carried the load much of that time, scoring a game-high 18 points before injuring his foot with 2 minutes, 27 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Kiran Durant carried the Clippers from there, scoring nine of his 13 points after the departure of Parker, who made four 3-pointers. Adam King, who sank three 3s, scored 11 points, Bryce Alvis (10 rebounds) also added 11, and Murillo scored eight.
“We had tremendous balance,” Jordan said. “We’re not going to make excuses if someone gets hurt. The next man has to step up.
“But I hope for Brent’s sake the foot isn’t hurt badly. He’s worked so hard, and has scored 30 points in the equivalent of one full game, so you don’t want to see his senior season end early.
“He covered Poquoson’s best player (in Grafton’s 68-36 win on Wednesday) and held him to three points, and Jalen Carr (Bruton’s all-district guard) did not score a point while Brent was guarding him.”
Carr scored only two points total, but wasn’t alone in his inability to shoot over or penetrate the Clippers’ pack line. After jumping to a quick 4-0 lead, the Panthers made just one of their next 10 shots and turned the ball over three times.
Grafton went on a 20-2 run during that span, and led 20-6 on King’s 3 early in the second quarter. Parker had eight points in the run, which included his first 3 of the game.
Bruton compounded its shooting problems with foul trouble, as Carr and David Danek sat for long stretches after picking up their third fouls early in the second quarter. The Panthers (1-2, 1-2) often win with pressure defense, especially in their own gym, but they could not rattle the Clippers, who were 22 of 44 shooting from the field and an impressive 8 of 20 from behind the 3-point arc.
Grafton steadily pulled away, its lead peaking at 55-30 three minutes into the fourth quarter. Bruton, led by Daniel Jones (17 points) and Donevan Adkins (16), played hard to the end, but did not get closer than 13 points.
Jamestown fell to district favorite Smithfield 70-56 Monday. The Eagles (2-1, 2-1) were particularly effective in the paint, where Michael Schmidt scored virtually all of his game-high 21 points. His post mate, Connor Swain, took over where Klyman left off, and scored seven of his nine points after halftime.
Jamestown got as close as 58-51 in the fourth quarter before Smithfield, which had five players score in double figures, turned back the rally.
- Antonio Stovall scored 18 points and Jimmel Davis 17 in Warhill’s 73-49 Friday win at York.
- Smithfield beat Lafayette 57-40, handing the Rams their first loss Friday after two victories.
- Jamestown (2-0) dominated Poquoson 83-33 Friday behind Evan Wang’s 17 points and Connor Swain’s 15.
- Richard Washington scored 15 points for Walsingham Academy, but the Trojans lost 53-51 to Amelia Academy in the Dale Travis Invitational in Richmond. Walsingham rebounded with a 62-43 win over Hampton Roads Academy Saturday. Washington scored 23, Jaylin Stewart had 16 and Dusan Vicentic had 14.
- Williamsburg Christian defeated Steward Thursday 71-64 behind 24 points from Cle’von Greene and 14 from Xavier Green.
- Shannen Atkinson, a Temple University recruit, scored a game-high 22 points Monday to lead Smithfield to a 56-45 win against Jamestown
- Emily Mauk, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 16 points in Walsingham Academy’s 33-24 win over Hampton Roads Academy in the consolation game of the Dale Travis Invitational at Trinity Episcopal Saturday in Richmond.
- Amelia Academy edged Walsingham Academy 58-53 Friday in the Dale Travis Invitational in Richmond. Cat Williams led the Trojans with 16 points.
- Kelsey Sluss scored 21 points in Bruton’s 47-39 win Saturday over Poquoson.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Lafayette's Konrad Steck won the boys 1,000-meter run at the Real Deal Classic, finishing in 2 minutes, 37.49 seconds at the Boo Williams Sportsplex Saturday in Hampton.
The Rams' Derrick Abson won the long jump at 20 feet, 11 inches and took second in the triple jump, and Lafayette's 3,200 (4x800)-meter relay won in 8:19.80. Warhill was third in 8:34.88.
Lafayette and Western Branch tied for third place in the boys division, in which Archbishop Carroll won and Norcom was second.
In girls competition, Lafayette took fourth with 55 points, thanks in part to two individual victors: Brooke Crookston in the 1,000 in 3:02.46 and Delaney Savedge in 11:48.97.
The Lafayette girls won the 4x800 in 10:04.62 and were runners-up in the 4x400 in 4:15.72.
Warhill's top performers included Hannah Hrncir, who was fifth in the 1,600 (5:33.53) and the runner-up in the 3,200 (12:04.72).
Lafayette's Alexis Brender A'Brandis were double winners in girls competition at the Bay Rivers District's first regular-season meet.
Brender A'Brandis won the long jump at 17-0 3/4 and the 55-meter hurdles in 9.38.
Those conferences that the Virginia High School League adopted to replace district tournaments as the first entry into postseason play, beginning with the 2013-14 school year, are apparently headed toward extinction with the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The VHSL executive committee recommended by a 24-1 vote Wednesday to create four regions in each of the six classifications while eliminating conferences, starting with the 2017-18 season. The recommendation must pass a second executive committee vote in February, then be adopted by the full membership of 314 schools in March.
Lafayette athletic director Dan Barner said, “I agree with getting rid of the conferences. Things will be like before, or at least close to it, except that schools of the same size will face each other in the playoffs.”
That means the division of schools into six classifications, based on enrollment, for state tournaments will remain intact.
The move from three classifications, in place since 1970, was adopted by VHSL members in 2013 to ensure that schools of similar size play for state titles.
But the conferences that replaced district tournaments as the first level of postseason play have often lost money because of increased travel expenses and the lack of natural rivalries prevalent in the districts.
The absence of state quarterfinal games — eliminated because the six classes were divided into two regions apiece — also has proved costly and is partly responsible for the $370,000 deficit the VHSL reported for the 2015 fiscal year.