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South Boston News / February 27, 2019

The Park View varsity girls basketball team is headed to the VHSL Class 3 state finals after finishing as runners-up in region tournament action this week.

The Lady Dragons clinched a state playoff berth Tuesday night in South Hill with a thrilling 62-52 win over Petersburg High School. Park View advanced to the Class 3 Region A championship game Friday night against Hopewell, this time losing on the road by a 74-37 score.

As the top two finishers in Region A, both Hopewell and Park View advance to the state finals, with the Dragons girls drawing William Monroe High School as their first round opponent.

Monroe High comes into the tournament as champions of VHSL Region B, boasting a record of 21-2. The two teams will meet Friday, on a neutral court at Orange County High School in Orange.

Park View, now 19-8, punched their ticket to the state round with an overtime win Friday on their home court against Petersburg. But Park View needed a 14-4 scoring run in overtime to put away the upset-minded Lady Wave, who gave the higher-seeded host squad all they handle.

The contest began in less that stellar fashion as there was no scoring for the first two and half minutes. The Lady Dragons finally broke the ice at the 5:37 mark when Nieya Hawkins made one of two free throw attempts to get her team on the board. Petersburg got two quick baskets by T. Green-Crawley, one a three-pointer, to grab a 5-1 lead.

Park View came storming back with an 11-1 run to go up 12-7 as the first period ended. Azaria Williams, Teonia Watts, Deoana Watkins, Tyonne Montague and Mikya Harrison all had baskets — Harrison’s was a trey — to fuel the run.

The second period was a rousing affair punctuated by points, points and more points. The two teams combined for a total of 34 in the frame with Petersburg getting the best of the Lady Dragons by a 19-15 margin. The end result was a 27-26 lead for Park View as the two teams headed into the locker room for halftime.

Hawkins led the way for the Lady Dragons in the stanza, posting eight of Park View’s 15 points. Montague and Watts each added three points and Harrison rounded out the PV scoring with a free throw.

Petersburg relied on six players — the Wave roster had only eight — for the team’s 19 points in the period.

Coming out of the locker room up by only one, the Lady Dragons were once again outscored in the third period, this time by a 14-12 margin as Petersburg went up by one, 40-39 leading into the fourth period. These two teams were evenly matched and the second half was reminiscent of a good prize fight where the two boxers stand toe to toe and trade punches.

Neither the Lady Dragons nor the Lady Wave were able to land a knock-out blow in the close-run third and fourth quarters.

Both teams struggled offensively in the fourth. After seeing 34 points go on the board in the second period, the homestanding Dragon crowd was treated to a defensive show in the final period of regulation play. The teams combined for a miserly 17 points but the big takeaway from the frame is that Park View came on strong in the final moments to score seven unanswered points and tie the game, forcing overtime.

Trailing by seven with 3:25 left to play, things looked a little bleak for the PV girls but they never gave up. When M. Harrison drained a trey at 3:07 and followed that up with two clutch free throws to cut the lead to two points at the 1:19 mark, the girls knew they had a chance. With 50 seconds left, Petersburg made a rare defensive miscue that allowed Nieya Hawkins to get a clean look and she didn’t disappoint, hitting a deuce to tie up the game and send it to overtime.

Riding the wave of emotion that started in the fourth period, the Lady Dragons proved to be unstoppable in the OT, outscoring the Lady Wave 14-4 to win, 62-52.

Afterward, an emotionally spent Dragon head coach Mike Barmoy broke down the game’s final minutes: “We got down by seven there in the fourth and we just kept fighting and fighting and got ourselves all the way back, and then in the overtime we really played well.

“We made some really nice passes and finally made some of those shots inside,” said Barmoy of the overtime win. “I’m just so excited for the kids. 19-7, the most wins ever for Park View girls basketball. It was big to play here, we said that at the beginning of regional play and it was.”

Dragons Fall to Talented Hopewell Squad in Region Final

On Wednesday night the Lady Dragons traveled to Hopewell to face the Lady Blue Devils in the Region A tournament final. Hopewell, the number one seed in the region, came into the contest boasting a 21-2 record. “Hopewell is good,” said Coach Barmoy prior to the game. “They made a run last year and they returned a lot of good players. But we’ve got a chance and we’ve worked hard to get here and I’m excited about our prospects.”

The game started in dismal fashion for the Dragon girls as they failed to score until the 3:24 mark of the 1st period. Meanwhile the Hopewell girls went on a 10-0 tear in the first four minutes. The Lady Blue Devils used speed and exquisite timing to steal numerous PV passes which they were able to convert to early points. As a result, the Dragon squad found themselves in a deep hole, trailing 23-6 at the end of the first period.

Unfortunately, the second period wasn’t much better for the Lady Dragons. Hopewell continued to score, almost at will, and as a result the teams went to the locker rooms with Park View trailing 48-17.

Scoring in the first half for the Dragons were Deoana Watkins with nine points, Nieya Hawkins with four, Nakkia Shabenas with three and Mikya Harrison with a free throw. Hopewell was led by C. Scott and M. Hunter with 10 points apiece.

Things went a little better for the PV girls in the third as they improved on defense and got a few points of their own, cutting into the lead. After a 14-9 frame in Park View’s favor, the score was 57-31 with Hopewell still holding a big lead entering the final stanza.

The Lady Blue Devils reasserted their dominance in the fourth, outscoring Park View 17-6. A. Williams made her presence known with a trey for the Dragons, but otherwise the narrative of the quarter — and the game — belonged to Hopewell. The final score was 74-37.

With the loss, Park View fell to a very respectable 19-8 for the season going into state tournament play Friday night against William Monroe.

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