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Park View’s Nieya Hawkins works under the basket against Lady Bulldog defender Nyiejna Pair. (Steve Hinzman photo) / December 06, 2017

A packed house, a heated rivalry, and two teams fighting the pressure of the moment: it was Brunswick vs. Park View on the hardwood Friday night in South Hill, and the two girls basketball teams delivered a thriller.

In the end, however, it was the Lady Bulldogs of Brunswick who refused to yield.

Taking advantage of a late-game technical foul, the Brunswick girls downed Park View 48-45 in a heart-stopping contest that featured numerous momentum swings and standout performances. One of them was turned in by Park View’s top scorer, Jaidyn Lamb, before she was injured late in the fourth quarter on a drive to the basket. Lamb got her feet tangled up with a defender and went down hard on her right hip, in serious pain.

After being carried off to the locker room, she was taken to the VCU-CMH hospital for an examination that showed no apparent broken bones, according to team sources. The hope is that Lamb will miss only a few games in early season action for the Dragon girls.

Lamb’s injury — which seemed to take the wind out of the sails for Park View as the clock wound down — was one of several turning points in the game. Brunswick came in expected a hostile environment, and a charged-up crowd of Dragon faithful did not disappoint.

“Our girls showed real heart there, that was all heart,” said Brunswick head coach Juliana Grant. “They played hard, they never gave up and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

“I hate that she [Jaidyn Lamb] got hurt and I pray it’s not a serious injury,” Grant said of the fourth quarter collision. But the victory put Grant in high spirits: “I’m going to go celebrate with the team.”

Park View, meantime, was left stewing over a technical foul in the closing moments — for excessive celebration — that allowed Brunswick to walk off with the three-point victory.

From the start, it was obvious neither team would make it easy on the other.

The first period proved to be an indicator of things to come as the Bulldogs battled to a 12-11 lead. In the second period, the Lady Dragons couldn’t get anything working as they lost the frame by a 12-4 sore, giving the Lady Bulldogs a nine-point lead at halftime, 24-15.

The third period was a different story altogether as the Lady Dragons stormed back behind a strong performance by Nieya Hawkins. Hawkins tallied eight points to lead Park View to a 16-5 advantage in the quarter. With that scoring punch, Park View ended the frame holding a slim 31-29 lead as both teams headed into the fourth.

The final period was filled with drama as the Lady Dragons chipped away at Brunswick’s defense, building a significant lead and at one point looking as though they were in control of the outcome. Then, with about three minutes left to play and Park View leading by six, Lamb went down with her injury and the game turned sharply.

Brunswick went on a run and was back in the lead by two points with less than a minute to play. Park View inbounded the ball to Mikya Harrison and she flew down court ahead of a BHS defender to score a layup and tie the game, drawing a foul in the process. However, her exuberance got the better of her and she was called for a technical foul for excessive celebration.

Ja’Deria Walker went to the line for the Lady Bulldogs to shoot two free throws and perhaps close out the win. She missed the first chance and there was hope among the sell-out crowd, but when she sank the second one Brunswick had a 46-45 lead and the chances of a PV victory dimmed.

Brunswick inbounded the ball, though, and Park View was able to get a steal and call timeout. After the timeout, PV inbounded the ball but a Bulldog defender broke up the pass and the ball bounced directly to Walker, who was able to sink an easy layup to seal the 48-45 victory for the Bulldogs.

For the game, Park View was led in the scoring column by Nieya Hawkins with 16 points and Jaidyn Lamb with eight. Mikya Harrison chipped in seven. For Brunswick, Nylesha Pair had 17 points and Ja’Deria Walker had 14. Niaya Henderson added nine for the Lady Bulldogs.

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