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Lady Barons hammer Central Lunenburg; fall to Amelia, Nottoway / January 31, 2018
The Bluestone varsity girls basketball team went 1-2 in James River District action last week to bring their league record to 4-6.

Bluestone opened last week’s play with a very solid 45-19 win over Central Lunenburg. The girls then went on to drop games to Amelia (48-36) and Nottoway (44-26).

The win maintains Bluestone’s sixth place standing in the JRD, with the regular season quickly winding down.

Prince Edward, Goochland, Amelia, Nottoway and Buckingham hold spots one through five, in that order. The Lady Barons really need a strong finish in regular season action if they want a more favorable paring come Conference 34 tournament time.

With three games on tap this week, the girls will have their opportunity to do just that. The team was scheduled to play Goochland in a road game last night, travel to Buckingham on Wednesday and host Buckingham in Skipwith on Friday night.

Bluestone 45, Central Lunenburg 19

Bluestone began this game as if Central might get the blowout on the night. Bluestone posted three points in the first quarter, while Central opened with 14 points.

Bluestone’s Kaitlyn Shanklyn had the only basket for Bluestone, with teammate Tiaa Canada picking up the third point at the stripe.

The second quarter was where the Lady Barons started to make their move in this game. The Barons held Central to three points, while totaling 15 points in the period.

Shanklyn led her team with six points in the frame. Canada had four points; Ann Taylor-Williamson hit a trey and Bluestone went to halftime up by one, 18-17.

The Lady Barons were able to carry the momentum of the second quarter into the second half, holding Central to two points the entire half. The two points that the Lady Chargers did score came in the third period.

The Lady Barons hit for 13 points in the third and 14 points in the fourth to take the 45-19 win.

Canada had nine second half points, scoring six of those in the third. Iesha Gregory, Erin Strider, Destiny Pettus and Taylor-Williamson all posted points in the half.

Amelia 48, Bluestone 36

The Lady Barons actually played a decent game, but a slow second quarter seems to have made the difference in this matchup.

Bluestone opened the game, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. Nottoway posted 14 points for the 14-10 lead.

The second quarter was where things kind of got out of sync for Bluestone. The team scored six points in the frame, while Amelia added 15 points to go to halftime leading 29-16.

Bluestone got back on track in the third, posting 11 points while holding Amelia to 14. The Barons went on to win the final period 9-5.

Nottoway 44, Bluestone 26

Bluestone’s Iesha Gregory got Bluestone out the gate early in this game, knocking down 11 points in the first quarter of play. Bluestone led 13-10 at the end of the first.

From this point on, though, things went downhill for the Barons. Bluestone had a two-point second, four-point third and ended the game with seven points in the fourth.

Nottoway only scored nine points in the second but finished out the game scoring 12 points in the third and 14 points in the fourth.

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