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Fauquier, playing with its JV due to a positive COVID test, lost to Culpeper in the Northwestern District semifinals, while Kettle Run fell to Handley in the other. Liberty forfeited its first round game with Kettle Run due to a positive COVID test.

The pandemic played a role in ending the boys basketball seasons of Fauquier, Liberty and Kettle Run last week.

After receiving a positive COVID test, No. 4-seeded Liberty forfeited its Northwestern District first round home game with No. 5 Kettle Run, ending its season at 1-6. 

Fauquier also had a late season positive COVID test, with school officials letting the Falcons play with JV players in a season-ending 70-45 loss to Culpeper in the district semifinals. “It was nice to get a chance to play that game. We’re appreciative of that,” said Fauquier coach Wayne Brizzi, whose No. 3-seeded Falcons finished 6-3.

Kettle Run was the only school to play its district tournament game with its varsity, losing to No. 1 seed Handley 64-50 to finish 1-8. The Cougars (1-8) hung tough, sticking close at 41-41 with 1:17 left in the third quarter before the Judges closed on a 23-9 run.

Liberty coach Pat Frazer was disappointed his Eagles did not get a chance to play Kettle Run in the district tournament but had an optimistic announcement on Twitter: “Even before Day One, we said we were going to enjoy every second (because)  we know it could be over the next day. I enjoyed every second with these guys and I am so thankful for the opportunity to coach these young men.”

Fauquier’s Brizzi said his JV acquitted themselves well against a more mature Culpeper team. “They beat us, no question. But there were times where you could not tell we were a JV team,” he said.

Falcon players stepping up included Kevin Chienku, who scored 11 points, Zachary Potucek (10 points) and Rey Ruiz, who played point guard and scored five.

 

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