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Tiara House releases a jumper. (Steve Hinzman photo) / December 13, 2017
The Park View varsity girls basketball team hosted the Lady Indians of Southampton Wednesday night for a Tri-Rivers District matchup in South Hill and came away with a 45-24 victory despite playing shorthanded with a thin bench.

Standout player Jaidyn Lamb, injured in the loss to Brunswick earlier in the season, did not dress for the contest and the PV bench was depleted due to illness and other issues. However, the Lady Dragons pulled out to a first quarter lead and kept on top of matters to send the Southampton girls packing with a loss added to their record.

At the tipoff, playing in front of a sparse crowd, both teams seemed to be flat with very little enthusiasm and even less scoring — in fact, it wasn’t until six minutes into the contest that Park View scored the game’s first points. Lady Dragon guard Mikya Harrison popped a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner that seemed to lift a lid covering the basket, and suddenly the Lady Dragons were off to the races.

Park View went on a nine-point run to close out the first period with a 9-0 lead. Harrison shot the lights out for the last two minutes of the period, scoring seven quick points. Forward Nieya Hawkins contributed two points of her own.

The second period proved to be nearly as devastating for the visiting Lady Indians as they just couldn’t seem to find a rhythm. Southampton center Asawnti Williams scored a field goal and two free throws and Jamaya Hunt went 2-for-2 at the line to account for Southampton’s six points in the stanza. Meantime, Harrison continued to lead the way for the Lady Dragons, scoring from beyond the 3-point line once and getting two easy lay-ups on fast breaks for seven points in the quarter. Hawkins contributed two more points to give the Dragon girls a comfortable 18-6 lead at the half.

Hawkins took the floor for Park View in the third quarter looking as though she had something to prove. Finding her shooting range, Hawkins scored eight points in the stanza. Center Tyonne Montague made her presence known as well, adding four points and Harrison went to the free throw line and went 2-for-2 to round out Park View’s total of 14 points for the period.

The visitors continued to struggle in the third and were only able to muster an additional six points on baskets by Jamaya Hunt and Sha’Kayla Slade. Heading into the final quarter, Park View was solidly in front of the Lady Indians by a 32-12 score.

Southampton never threatened to catch PV in the fourth but they did have their best performance of the night, dropping in 12 points as their center, Williams, sought to establish dominance inside. Her efforts were rewarded with five free throw attempts, of which she made two. Sha’Kayla Slade, Jamaya Hunt and Jordyn Green contributed four, four and two points respectively for the Lady Indians, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome 13 more points by the Lady Dragons.

Mikya Harrison went 4-for-6 at the free throw line, Angela Wood contributed two points off the bench and Hawkins and Montague dropped in four and three points respectively to complete the Dragon girls’ 45-24 drubbing of the Lady Indians.

For the game, Harrison scored 20 points, Hawkins had 16 and Hunt broke double figures with 10.

PV — M. Harrison 20, N. Hawkins 16, T. Montague 6, A. Wood 2

SH — J. Hunt 10, S. Slade 6, A. Williams 6, J. Green 2

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