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PV girls make history before season ends

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Deaona Watkins pushes an offensive rebound back up for a scoring attempt against York High School. / March 04, 2020

For the first time in school history, the Park View Lady Dragons have won 20 games in a varsity basketball season.

The milestone came as the Park View defeated York in South Hill last Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the VHSL Class 3 Region A tournament. Park View defeated York 53-35 to earn a trip to the semifinal round where they faced off against Lakeland High School.

The semifinal game was played at a neutral location that definitely favored the Cavaliers. Lakeland, located in Suffolk, is just a short drive from Norfolk, home of the Scope Arena, the venue where the game took place. After making the two-hour plus trip Saturday, the Lady Dragons saw their season come to a close with a 76-45 loss to Lakeland.

Park View 53, York 35

The Lady Falcons, representing the Bay Rivers district, paid a visit to PVHS last Wednesday to take on the Lady Dragons after the PV girls had earned a bye in the first round. Park View entered region action as a no. 2 seed.

The Lady Dragons scored first just 25 seconds into the game when senior guard Mikya Harrison made one of two free throws. Just over a minute later the Lady Falcons took the lead on a beautifully executed back door cut by Ashley Hunt. Park View’s Jordyn Jackson hit back-to-back two-pointers as the Dragons then went on a mini-run, scoring five unanswered points to take a 6-2 lead before their offense stalled.

The Lady Falcons took advantage of the scoring lull by Park View and scored eight straight to take a 10-6 lead with just seconds left in the first period. PV’s Asia Green got free on a fast break as time was winding down and drew a foul with four seconds left in the period. She would complete one of the two free throws and the period ended with Park View trailing 10-7.

The Lady Dragons rallied in the second, outscoring York 15-8. Teonia Watts hit a deuce at the 5:54 mark and a second basket at the 1:58 for four of Park View’s points. Deaona Watkins drew a two-shot foul on an aggressive move to the basket at the 3:03 mark and made both free throws, Watkins also hit a deuce at the 1:46 mark to tie the game at 18 apiece.

Up to that point the Lady Falcons had hung right with Park View, but then the Lady Dragons began to assert themselves, scoring four unanswered points to take the 22-18 lead into the locker room.

A change in the defensive scheme by PV head coach Mike Barmoy, going from zone to man to man, threw the Lady Falcons off their game a bit at the beginning of the second half. The Lady Dragons took full advantage and 17 seconds into the frame Harrison drained a pretty trey to extend the PV lead to 25-18. J. Jackson once again nailed back-to-back deuces at 4:35 and 3:34 followed by a trey from Sophie Janson giving PV at 12-point lead with 2:50 left in the third.

The Falcons scored six points in the third with Ashley Levister accounting for three points, Allison Runnels for two and Isabel Cordes for one.

The Lady Falcons put up a valiant effort in the final frame, nailing three treys in the final stanza but Park View was nearly unstoppable. PV’s Shakiah Chavis hit for two points 37 seconds into the period followed by buckets by Harrison, Watkins, Jackson and Krislyn Johnson. Watkins also sank 3-of-4 free throws as Park View pulled away to a 53-35 victory.

Afterwards, Barmoy lauded his team’s resilience. “We came out a little flat, early it was a little bit of a feeling out process,” he stated. “They got out on us a little there in the first period but we were able to make some key shots in the second.

“I thought we got a great game out of Jordyn [Jackson], she came up big for us. She made a few key plays to help us get back into it.” Barmoy continued, “We turned them over a couple times and finally started getting some looks in the second half and that helped too.

“This is a big win for these girls, 20th win of the season for the first time in school history. Two years ago, we won 16 games, last year was 19 and now we’ve finally made it to 20 and that’s something these ladies will always have.”

PV Box: Sophie Janson 4, Azaria Williams 5, Asia Green 3, Mikya Harrison 3, Deaona Watkins 14, Shakiah Chavis 2, Teonia Watts 8, Krislyn Johnson 2, Jordyn Jackson 12

York Box scores: Alyssa Kuhl 5, Ashley Levister 5, Ashley Hunt 5, Allison Runnels 4, Taylor Harris 7, Isabel Cordes 4

Lakeland 76, Park View 45

Details were unavailable at press time, but the Lady Dragons’ season ended with a loss to the Lady Cavaliers of Lakeland High School at The Scope in Norfolk on Saturday afternoon in the semi-final round of the Class 3 Region A Tournament.

The number 3 seeded Cavaliers advanced to face the Lady Mighty Bookers of Booker T. Washington High School last night (Tuesday) at the same venue. Both of those team will advance to the VHSL State Tournament set to begin on Friday, March 6.

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