For the fourth consecutive season, the Wakefield Owls will play in the semifinals of the VISAA Division III girls basketball state tournament.
Wakefield defeated Fuqua, 58-32, Wednesday during the state quarterfinals at home in The Plains. The top-seeded Owls (19-4) will next play No. 4 Roanoke Catholic in the semifinals Friday at St. Anne’s Belfield in Charlottesville.
Last season, Wakefield advanced to the state final for the first time in history, but lost the title game. The previous two seasons, Wakefield lost in the semifinals.
Against No. 8 Fuqua on Wednesday, the Owls fell behind, 13-10, but used a 26-5 run in the second quarter to take control, 36-18. They expanded that lead to 53-24 by the end of the third quarter.
Airielle Jenkins led Wakefield with 19 points – her second-highest total this season – while Naomi Mutombo had 16 and Autumn Sanders had 10. Jenkins also had six of the Owls’ 20 steals while Mutombo had five, and Sanders and Alexis Smith had three each.
Mutombo added 22 rebounds for a double-double while Smith had seven and Sanders had six. Smith and Mutombo also had three assists each.
Boys basketball VISAA state quarterfinals
No. 1 seeds ended the boys basketball season for both the Highland Hawks and Wakefield Owls on Wednesday.
In the VISAA Division III state tournament quarterfinals, No. 1 Virginia Episcopal beat No. 9 Highland, 100-43, in Lynchburg.
In the VISAA Division II state tournament quarterfinals, No. 1 Millwood defeated No. 9 Wakefield, 71-55, in Midlothian.
Millwood advanced to play No. 5 Broadwater Academy in the semifinals Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University, where Virginia Episcopal will play No. 4 Christchurch.
The Owls finished the season with an 18-10 record after winning a share of the Delaney Athletic Conference regular season championship. The Hawks finished with a 16-8 record after winning the DAC tournament title.
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