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Girls fall to Buckingham, Cumberland / December 18, 2019

The Bluestone varsity girls basketball team dropped to 1-2 in the James River District last week after suffering losses to Buckingham and Cumberland.

Bluestone fell to Buckingham 58-28 last Tuesday and took the 53-28 loss to Cumberland on the road on Wednesday.

In the Buckingham game Bluestone appeared to be in control of the matchup to start the game. Lady Barons senior guard Destiny Pettus sank a nice three pointer to start the game.

Buckingham worked back to pull within one point at 5-4. With under four minutes left in the quarter Bluestone freshman Xzareyah Tucker entered the game and she made a huge difference in the Lady Barons’ play.

Tucker had five steals in a row among other positive plays and completely frustrated the Lady Knights. At the end of the first period Bluestone led 14-4.

As the second quarter began, Tucker was on the bench and Buckingham went to a full-court press defense. Bluestone was slow to respond and as the quarter wore on, Buckingham continued to come back.

The Lady Knights tied the score at 17-17 with 1:42 left in the first half. Buckingham took a 19-17 lead to the break.

When the teams took to the court in the third, Buckingham again went to the full press. Bluestone was unable to break the visitor’s defense down and Buckingham lit up the Lady Barons for a 22-4 third period, eventually taking the 58-28 victory.

Tucker led Bluestone with nine points and Pettus added seven. Kaitlyn Shanklin posted five points, KyLeah Walls three points, Kayla Williams two points and Jalan Dailey and Tyra Dennis had a point each.

Bluestone was scheduled to host Randolph-Henry on Tuesday and will welcome Park View on Friday night.

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