The Wakefield Owls’ season ended Wednesday with a 75-63 loss to Christ Chapel during the quarterfinals of the VISAA Division III boys basketball state tournament on the road in Woodbridge.
The fifth-seeded Owls led 30-27 at halftime, but No. 4 Christ Chapel used a 24-13 run in the third quarter to advance to the semifinals while Wakefield finished with a 20-8 record. Wakefield had seven turnovers in that third period to end the game with 22.
“This was the main difference that led to fast break layups for” Chris Chapel, Owls coach Al Ford said.
Marcel White finished with 19 points while Kaleb Torrence had 16, Mark Siegel had 11 and Spencer Harman had 10. White also had 13 rebounds while Torrence made 11-of-14 free throws, including 7-of-8 in the fourth period.
Highland girls basketball 40, Isle of Wight 9
The Highland Hawks held Isle of Wight scoreless during a span of 19 minutes, 50 seconds Wednesday to advance to the Final Four of the state girls basketball tournament.
They beat the Chargers 40-9 at home in Warrenton during the VISAA Division II quarterfinals to keep Highland undefeated in 2019 at 14-0 with an overall record of 19-7. So the No. 1-seeded Hawks advanced to play No. 4 Steward in the semifinals after ending the season for No. 8 Isle of Wight.
Highland led only 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and 8-6 with 5:03 remaining in the second quarter thanks to poor shooting against Isle of Wight’s zone defense. But then the Hawks went on a 29-0 run for a 37-6 lead with 1:13 remaining in the fourth period.
So the Chargers finished the night with only three made field goals and Highland held an opponent under 18 points for the first time this season.
“I couldn't be prouder of the way our ladies defended,” Hawks coach Diana Martinez said. “We often preach to our girls the importance of communicating on the floor, being in position defensively, moving their feet, defending without fouling and limiting teams to one shot.
“Our ladies are finally understanding that even if we aren't scoring, as long as we defend, we'll always have a chance,” she said.
Highland amassed 40 deflections and 18 steals against Isle or Wight with six steals from Alyssa Austin, five from Kayla Soltys and three from Abby Soltys. Kayla Soltys also had 19 points and Destiny Ramcharan had eight, while Austin had three assists.
Abby Soltys added seven rebounds with six each from Megan Kirby and Kayla Soltys, while Mackenzie Cochrane had five rebounds and two blocks.