Despite leading for 25 minutes, the Liberty Eagles lost to Millbrook’s boys basketball team 49-46 Saturday at home in Bealeton.
They led 32-29 at the end of the third quarter, but the Pioneers gained the advantage for good at 32-31 in the fourth period. So the Eagles’ record fell to 3-6 in the Class 4 Northwestern District despite a fourth-quarter lead or tie during all nine of their district contests. Liberty’s overall record also fell to 9-10 despite a 14-8 first-quarter lead and a 24-20 halftime advantage.
A.J. Lewis had 13 points for the Eagles, while Christian Reames had 10 and Russell Morton had seven.
Highland girls basketball 77, Fredericksburg Christian 50
Kayla Soltys scored more than 19 points in a game for the third time this season while helping her Highland Hawks beat Fredericksburg Christian’s girls basketball team 77-50 Friday on the road.
Her 26 points (4-for-7 3-point shooting) boosted her season scoring average to 16.7 per game while improving Highland’s record to 4-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference with a 12-7 mark overall, including a seven-game winning streak.
The Hawks, ranked No. 1 in the latest VISAA Division II state poll, took a 19-7 lead in the first quarter over No. 11 Fredericksburg before leading 41-22 at halftime and entering the fourth period with a 66-36 advantage.
“Exploding in the third [quarter] from our defensive and rebounding efforts,” Highland coach Diana Martinez said. “FCS has a great group of girls and always plays tough in their zone defense. Once we were able to figure it out we got some great looks.”
Soltys scored 19 of her points in the second half to give her 1,652 in her career, while Mackenzie Cochrane had 11 points Friday with Destiny Ramcharan and Alyssa Austin adding eight each. McKenzie Andrews added seven with Margaret Groux and Megan Kirby contributing six apiece to help the Hawks tie a season-high with 77 points.
Abby Soltys had nine assists, Austin had four and Kayla Soltys had three, while Cochrane had six rebounds and Kirby had five. Austin also had six steals while Kirby and Kayla Soltys had four each with Abby Soltys adding three.
“We are still working on putting together a full game of great basketball,” Martinez said, “but I am pleased with the growth and leadership displayed on the court tonight.”
Highland girls 8th in D-II state swim meet
The Highland Hawks amassed nine top-11 finishes Saturday during the VISAA Division II state championship meet Saturday at the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center in Manassas.
Paris Thornburg won the 100-yard breaststroke and finished as the 50 freestyle runner-up while helping Highland’s girls place eighth out of 20 teams as the Hawks prepare for the upcoming Delaney Athletic Conference championships and the VISAA Division I state championships.
Thornburg also helped a pair of relay team place 10th. She joined Ellie Earnhardt, Morgan Malinow and Charlotte Teach do that in the 200 medley relay while also swimming with the 200 free team of Malinow, Sophia Tammera and Brooke Landers.
Malinow also placed fifth in the 200 free and seventh in the 100 breaststroke, while Landers took sixth in the 500 free. Adding 11th-place finishes were Earnhardt (100 backstroke) and the 400 free relay team (Landers, Mia Tremblay, Chole Osborn, Earnhardt).
Hargrave Military boys basketball 71, Highland 65
The Highland Hawks’ 11-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 71-65 loss to Hargrave’s boys basketball team on the road in Chatham.
So their record fell to 18-4 overall, but they remained undefeated in the Delaney Athletic Conference at 9-0 thanks to an 89-52 win over Fredericksburg Christian on the road Friday.
Against Hargrave, Angelo Brizzi scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half to help Highland narrow its deficit to only two points late in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks couldn’t overcome their 17-11 deficit from the first period. They trailed 39-27 at halftime and 57-45 entering the fourth quarter.
Darret Justice added 15 points and Cam Timmons had 10.
“Saturday was a tough loss but one we can hopefully learn from,” Highland coach Brian Hooker said. “Traveling that far away and playing in a tough environment is what state games are all about. I am confident that our kids will respond and give a better effort from the start the next time we face that situation.”
On Friday, Brizzi had 16 points and Timmons had 13 with 10 apiece from Justice, Luke Rodgers and Jalen Jasper.
“A great team effort and was an important road conference win,” Hooker said.