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Park View girls claim 3 seed in region playoffs
SoVaNow.com / February 20, 2013The Park View varsity girls landed a #3 seed in the Region I Division 3 playoffs this week after finishing second to Brunswick in the Southside District postseason tournament.
The Lady Dragons were set to open regional action last night (Tuesday) at home against Lafayette of the Bay Rivers District, the sixth-seeded team.
The Southside District placed four teams in the Region 1 tournament: top-ranked Brunswick, Park View, and Greensville and Prince Edward, seeded fourth and fifth, respectively.
Greensville and Prince Edward were slated to square off in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round at Emporia.
Meantime, the Lady Bulldogs of Brunswick played host to Bruton, the eighth seed in the Region 1 Division 3 field.
Park View landed the third seed after a solid showing in the Southside District tournament last week. The Lady Dragons won their opening round game against Greensville, a 35-34 nail biter, although the girls proved to be no match for Brunswick in the finals, a game the Lady Bulldogs won 86-18.
In Wednesday night’s game with Greensville, the girls got a huge lift from senior guard Briana Rogers, who scored 17 points, and junior Dare Wright, who hauled in 16 rebounds and added five points and five steals.
JaBreia Clark, a sophomore, had six points for Park View, Brittany Whitby added five and Jacobie Maupin rounded out the team scoring total with two.
Park View fell behind 17-10 in the first quarter and spent most of the rest of the game playing catch-up. The girls outscored Greensville 6-4 in the second quarter to finish the half trailing 21-16, and the third quarter was another low-scoring stretch in Park View’s favor, although not by much — 7-6, making the score 27-23 to start out the fourth quarter.
The Dragons girls picked up the pace in the final frame to narrowly edge the visiting Lady Eagles. Park View outscored their guests 12-7 to erase Greensville’s advantage and punch a ticket to the championship round Friday night at Brunswick.
In the tournament finale, however, the girls were unable to keep up with the Lady Bulldogs, who sailed to an 86-18 victory.
Brunswick dominated from the start, scoring 24 points in the first quarter and holding Park View to only six. The second quarter was even worse, with Brunswick winning the frame 27-2.
That made the score 51-8 at halftime, and the Brunswick girls continued to pull away in the second half, although not as quickly as in the first half.
Briana Rogers led the Park View offense with eight points despite being held to 3-for-14 shooting from the field, although one of those baskets was a three-pointer.
Freshman Roderica Cook had four points, Jacobie Maupin and Dare Wright each scored two, and JaBreia Clark and Diana Kimondo both scored one. Yadasia Clements and Wright led the Lady Dragons in rebounding, with each player grabbing five boards. Heading into the Region 1 tournament, the Park View girls had a 10-11 record for the season.
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