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Walsingham girls outlast Southampton to open state tourney play

The Walsingham Academy girls basketball team headed to top-seeded Amelia Academy Wednesday hoping to spring an upset in the VISAA Division 2 quarterfinals.

Eighth-seeded Walsingham (11-14) eliminated ninth-seeded Southampton Tuesday, 42-35.

“They’re unique and that they’re very fast-paced and score a lot of points,” Trojans coach Neil Bailey said of Amelia, “which is the total opposite of our style: very slow and methodical.”

Bailey thought the winner of Tuesday’s game might be the first team to 30 points. But those sort of games favor Walsingham, which was led by Shelby Julien’s 13 points and Chelsea Marcombe’s 10 points.

The game stayed close throughout although the Trojans built eight-point leads in the second and third quarters.

Southampton cut it to four points with 1:14 to play before a pair of free throws from Dana Abraham put the Trojans back up six.

The visitors got within three on an old-fashioned three-point play, but Catherine Williams’ two free throws, after the sophomore post player was fouled attempting a put-back, pushed Walsingham ahead five with 30 seconds to play.

Then Abraham, who finished with eight points, tallied the last basket of the game for the Trojans on a slash to the paint for a layup.

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